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Obamacare Enrollment Quadruples in One Year - Are You Surprised?

February 5, 2015
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Last year, we reported on 2014’s Health Insurance Marketplace (Obamacare) enrollment numbers by state. What we found was that, even though 2.2 million people enrolled, the numbers were not at their full potential. This was to be expected as Marketplace enrollment was still new.

However, with the individual mandate in full effect, this year has seen a large jump in enrollment to well over nine million. But, are you surprised? We’ve broken down the highest-enrolling states and those with the least enrollments in the Marketplace, along with comparisons to 2014’s enrollment numbers to give you a better idea of the changes that have taken place in one year.

About the Data Obamacare Enrollment Quadruples in One Year- Are You Surprised?

The data represented are for Marketplace enrollment (Obamacare) through January 16, 2015 for states using the healthcare.gov platform to perform eligibility determinations and enroll consumers into coverage for 2015 (states using the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and states with a Partnership or Federally-supported State-based Marketplace). Data for State-based Marketplaces are through January 17, 2015, with the exception of California, which is reporting data through January 18, 2015.

Enrollment data refer to the 2015 Individual Health Insurance Marketplaces only, and do not include cancellations and terminations of coverage; standalone dental plan selections; or individuals who may have selected a 2014 Marketplace plan during the reporting period as a result of having been granted a Special Enrollment Period.

Enrollment by State - The Best and Worst

As of January 16, 2015 total Marketplace enrollment is currently 9,539,695 -- as opposed to 2.2 million in 2014. Additionally, in 2014, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine were the top performing states. However, in 2015, things changed.

Florida (1,270.995), California (1,200,427), Texas (918,890), North Carolina (458,676), and Georgia (425,927) were the top enrolling states for this year. As for the states with the lowest number of enrollments, last year the bottom four states were comprised of Massachusetts, D.C., Oregon, New Mexico, and Maryland.

In 2015, the four states with the lowest number of enrollments were District of Columbia (17,485), Alaska (16,724), North Dakota (15,606), and Hawaii (6,868).  

Conclusion

Marketplace enrollment numbers in just one year have quadrupled -- they went from 2.2 million to over nine million.

While these numbers are staggering, the individual mandate would imply that the numbers’ dramatic increase should come as no surprise.

What do you think of the increase in the Marketplace (Obamacare) enrollment numbers? Are you surprised how quickly they increased? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 
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