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Open enrollment: busier in week 2


The number of plans selected at through 2 weeks of the 2019 open enrollment is still down from last year, but the gap has closed since week 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Open enrollment 2019 vs. 2018: Weekly plan selections

With almost 805,000 plans selected this year during the second week (Nov. 4-10) of open enrollment, the total for the 2019 coverage year stands at nearly 1.18 million for the 39 states that use the platform, which is down 20.4% from the 1.48 million plans selected through the first 2 weeks of last year’s enrollment period. After week 1, this year’s total enrollment was down by 38%, compared with last year, CMS data show.

Consumers renewing their insurance plans account for the majority selected for 2019 coverage – 619,000 in week 2 and 901,000 for weeks 1 and 2 (close to 77% in each case) – with the rest coming from new consumers – 186,000 in week 2 and 275,000 overall. The figures reported in the weekly enrollment snapshot could change later since they represent selections only and not “consumers who have paid premiums to effectuate their enrollment,” CMS said.

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