Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments Increase in November

Yesterday, new data was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that show over 3.6 million Americans have completed applications for health insurance coverage in the federal exchange and the state-based exchanges run by 14 states and the District of Columbia. 

Applicants who have made it to the finish line include nearly 365,000 who have selected a marketplace plan and 803,000 who have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (for children) coverage.

California, with its own state-based exchange, leads the nation in the number of individuals who have selected a marketplace plan -- 108,087. The second highest number is 45,513 in New York, also with a state-based exchange. State exchanges in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington have more than 10,000 persons selecting plans. More than 10,000 have also selected plans through the federal exchange in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas. 

About 41 percent of applicants so far qualify for more affordable coverage -- either through tax subsidies available for those with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level or through Medicaid or CHIP (for children). These numbers are 944,531 and 803,077 respectively. 

Data Source: ASPE Office of Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 11, 2013,