Quick update on health insurance enrollment

According to several recent analyses, insurance enrollment has increased significantly from last September to this April.

The latest, from RAND, indicates about 9.3 million more are insured, decreasing the uninsurance rate from 20.5 percent to 15.8 percent.

For several other estimates. the range is from 5.4 million to 9.5 million additional insureds; but – and it’s a big but, these are estimates from surveys of small populations.

From California Healthilne comes this [emphases added]:

Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that at least 9.5 million previously uninsured U.S. residents gained coverage under the ACA during the initial open enrollment period for the exchanges. The analysis was based on various national surveys and enrollment data (California Healthline, 3/31).

Earlier this month, a study by the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center reported that as many as 5.4 million previously uninsured residents gained coverage since the federal and state insurance exchanges were launched in October 2013 (California Healthline, 4/4).

Last week, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found that the uninsured rate had fallen to its lowest since 2008, with 14.7% of adults lacking coverage in the last half of March (California Healthline, 4/7).

I would quickly emphasize – again – that these are estimates, and likely to be somewhat off.  However, they are net of dis-enrollment/cancellation.

What does this mean for you?

Looks like this is here to stay; it would be very, very hard to tell 5 million people “never mind.”

4 thoughts on “Quick update on health insurance enrollment

  1. Joe – have you seen any estimates regarding the newly insured in the private insurance market v. Medicaid / Medicare expansion. It’s been radio silence for the most part here in MN in that regard.

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