but the weekly and cumulative totals for plans selected continued to run below last year’s levels, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Over 934,000 plans were selected from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, which puts the total at 4.13 million plans for the 2019 coverage year in the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, the CMS reported. Consumers renewing their coverage make up the majority of plans selected during week 6 (640,000) and cumulatively for the season (3.03 million), with new applications running at 295,000 for week 6 and 1.1 million overall.
Those numbers are down from last year, when 1.07 million plans (685,000 renewals and 389,000 new applications) were selected during week 6 of open enrollment for the 2018 coverage year, which brought the total for the season at the time to 4.68 million (3.30 million/1.38 million), CMS data show.
The deadline to enroll in a plan for 2019 is Dec. 15.