Open enrollment 2020: Activity down on Healthcare.gov


The number of health insurance plans selected on Healthcare.gov during week 3 of the 2020 open enrollment was down slightly, compared with week 2 of this year and week 3 of last year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Open enrollment 2020 vs. 2019: Weekly plan selections

A total of 737,352 plans were selected in week 3 (Nov. 10-16) of this year’s open enrollment on the federal health insurance exchange, CMS said Nov. 20, 2019, in its weekly enrollment snapshot. This number represents a slight dip in the number of plans selected during week 2, which was 754,967, according to a statement from the CMS.

The breakdown for week 3 looks like this: 550,706 consumers renewed existing coverage and 186,646 people who were not covered in 2019 selected new plans for 2020. For week 2, the first full week of this year’s open enrollment, the corresponding numbers were 558,962 and 196,005. Adding in the 2 days of week 1 brings the cumulative count to 1,669,401 plans selected for the year, the CMS reported. Last year, the total after week 3 was 1,924,476.

There are 38 states using the Healthcare.gov platform this year, and CMS reported their plan selection totals for the first time. Florida had the most plans selected with 463,066 this season, followed by Texas with 229,167 and Georgia with 105,653. California and New York do not use the federal market exchange.

The weekly reports “provide point-in-time estimates of weekly plan selections, call center activity, and visits to HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov,” the CMS noted, so “the final number of plan selections associated with enrollment activity during a reporting period may change due to plan modifications or cancellations.”

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