SHERIDAN — In Wyoming, 21,092 consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as of Feb. 22, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Of the consumers with a Marketplace plan selection, 91 percent qualified for an average tax credit of $420 per month and 49 percent paid $100 or less per month after tax credits.
People under the age of 35 signed up in greater numbers this year than in 2014 with 8,841 consumers signed up for coverage. That is 42 percent of all plan selections compared to 39 percent of plan selections at the end of 2014 Open Enrollment. Additionally, 6,105 consumers age 18 to 34 are signed up for Marketplace coverage.
“The figures released today tell a story of health coverage consumers rely on for financial and health security — and of coverage they don’t want to lose,” Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a press release. “In Wyoming 19,194 Marketplace consumers qualified for tax credits to make their coverage affordable and accessible. People who come to the Marketplace for coverage are actively engaged and shopping for the product that’s best for them and their families.”
Open Enrollment in the Marketplace ended on Feb. 15.
Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to see if they qualify for a special enrollment period because of a life change like marriage, having a baby or losing other coverage.
Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program is also open year-round.
By the numbers, here is Wyoming’s enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace:
- 48 percent of plan selections (10,124) in Wyoming are new consumers who did not have Marketplace coverage as of November 2014.
- Of the 10,964 consumers who were re-enrolled in 2015 Marketplace coverage, 28 percent of all plan selections came back to the Marketplace, updated their information and actively selected a plan.
- Of the 5,877 active re-enrollees, 3,431 switched to a different plan than they had in 2014. This is a much higher proportion than seen in other programs, the press release said.
- Nationwide, nearly 11.7 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in Marketplace coverage. Of those, 8.84 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform like Wyoming, and 2.85 million were in the 14 states (including Washington, D.C.) using their own Marketplace platforms.
- Nearly 7.7 million individuals with a plan selection in the states using HealthCare.gov qualified for an average tax credit of $263 per month and more than half paid $100 or less per month after tax credits.
Beginning March 15, CMS will offer a special enrollment period to consumers in HealthCare.gov states who are subject to the fee for not having health care coverage in 2014, but who were unaware of or didn’t understand the implications of the new requirement.
Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more. Find local help at: Localhelp.healthcare.gov or by calling the federally facilitated Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855- 889-4325. Translation services are available. The call is free.