Weekly open enrollment update: Week 7

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases weekly enrollment snapshots for the HealthCare.gov platform. These data points are estimates pulled at a specific point in time for each of the weekly plan selections, call center activity and visits to the HealthCare.gov websites.

As of Dec 15, the preliminary enrollment data showed slow and steady results through the end of the enrollment period.  About 8.5 million people enrolled on the exchange as compared to the 8.8 million at the same time last year. “This Administration has taken strong steps to promote a more competitive, stable health insurance market and these steady enrollment numbers are yet another sign that the Administration’s efforts are working,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, it’s possible that more Americans have employer based coverage, and don’t need exchange plans.  In 2018, employment increased by two million in states using the HealthCare.gov platform. Nationally, 90% of U.S. workers are employed by a firm that offers health benefits to at least some of its workers.”