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Open enrollment: Weekly volume down again


 

Plan selections at HealthCare.gov fell for the second week in a row as overall volume for open enrollment 2019 continues to lag behind last year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Just over 500,000 plans – 369,000 renewals and 131,000 new applications – were selected during week 4 (Nov. 18-24) for the 2019 coverage year in the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, which is down from 748,000 for week 3 and 805,000 for week 2. A similar pattern of decreases in weeks 3 and 4 was seen during last year’s open-enrollment period.

For the entire open enrollment so far this year, a little over 2.42 million plans have been selected, which is down by 12.8% from last year’s 4-week total of 2.78 million selections, the CMS data show.

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