The final numbers are in for Connecticut residents signing up for health care at Access Health CT, the state’s exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Results for people who met the March 31 deadline show the agency exceeded its goals with a surprisingly high number of Medicaid enrollees.
What we don’t know is how many of the newly enrolled Obamacare customers were previously uninsured. But we do know that on that score, the state still has a long way to go.
Nationally, President Obama announced Thursday that the state exchanges, mostly run by the federal government, reached 8 million enrollees by mid-April — exceeding a 2013 Congressional Budget Office estimate of 7 million. And he said 28 percent were between 18 and 35.
We’re still hearing reports of problems with the system, including very high prices for people on the individual market who are not eligible for subsidies, and concerns by many that they must keep their incomes under key thresholds.
It’s too soon to say whether the mix of enrollees in the private plans — age groups and health profiles — will be adequate to avert sharp increases for 2015. But with an estimated 47 million Americans lacking health coverage, it’s clear that Obamacare in 2015 will have to accelerate.
- Total Enrolled: 208,301
- Unofficial Goal Set In 2013: 100,000-130,000
- Total Uninsured In Connecticut Before Obamacare: About 300,000
- Total Uninsured Now: ?????
- Next Open Enrollment Date for 2015 Coverage: Nov. 15, 2014
- Who Can Still Enroll In 2014? Residents with life changes such as marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or loss of employer’s insurance coverage
- Total Enrolled In Private Plans Through Exchange: 78,713
- Unofficial Goal Set In 2013: 70,000
- Federal Target for Private-Plan Enrollment In CT: 33,000
- Private Plan Enrollees Receiving Federal Subsidy: 61,400
- Enrolled And Later Dropped Out (not counted in total): About 7,000
- Total Enrolled In Medicaid: 129,588
- Unofficial Goal Set In 2013: 30,000