More than 8.8 million Americans were signed up for 2017 coverage through HealthCare.gov as of Jan. 14, including 96,304 in Kansas. This compares to about 8.7 million sign-ups nationally as of Jan. 14 last year, as Americans continue to demonstrate strong demand for 2017 Marketplace coverage.
“With almost 9 million people signed up for 2017 coverage just in HealthCare.gov states, it’s clear that Marketplace coverage is a product Americans want and need,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Strong demand is especially striking in light of the unique headwinds created by discouraging rhetoric from ACA opponents. More than 40,000 people have contacted our call center expressing concerns about whether they should sign up for coverage, with a sharp uptick in these questions last weekend. My answer is a resounding yes; in fact, I’ll be signing up for Marketplace coverage myself by the end of the month. If Kansans still need coverage for 2017, visit HealthCare.gov before Jan. 31, and join me and millions of other Americans in purchasing affordable, quality coverage.”
Because this year’s Open Enrollment began mid-week, today’s snapshot covers two fewer days than last year’s week 11 snapshot. Nonetheless, plan selections in Kansas are higher than last year at this time.
Open Enrollment for 2017 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 1, 2016 and runs through Jan. 31. Consumers who enroll by Jan. 31 will have coverage effective March 1. Kansans should visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov to review their coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.
This enrollment snapshot also includes the number of people who selected a plan within top local media markets in Kansas. As of Jan. 14, 94,929 consumers in the Kansas City market selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in a plan; 12,466 consumers in the Topeka market selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in a plan; and 37,113 consumers in the Wichita-Hutchinson Plus market selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in a plan.