Arkansas health marketplace enrollment nears 65,000 | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Arkansas health marketplace enrollment nears 65,000

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 12:27 PM

The federal government today announced an increasing enrollment in marketplace health insurance plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known derisively as Obamacare.

The enrollment in Arkansas by the Feb. 15 deadline, second year of open enrollment, was 64,947, with more than 15,000 in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area.

This is in addition to the more than 200,000 people enrolled in the private option version of Medicaid expansion provided by Obamacare. UPDATED NUMBERS: 233,518 people deemed eligible and more than 219,000 enrolled in the private option of Obamacare.

Some 275,000 Arkansans are thus receiving tangible health insurance benefits. Plus we've been told of declining unreimbursed hospital care, slowing increases of medical costs and rising state revenue from the stimulus of added federal dollars for health care.

And still the legislature hears bills about quitting the program.

News release follows on marketplace enrollment:

On Feb. 15, 2015, the second year of Open Enrollment came to a close with 64,947 Arkansas consumers selecting a plan or being automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Nationwide, about 11.4 million Americans selected Marketplace plans or were automatically re-enrolled, including about 8.6 million people in the states that use the platform (such as Arkansas), and about 2.8 million in the State Based Marketplaces based on those states’ preliminary data.

“We had a strong open enrollment. About 11.4 million Americans signed up or were automatically re-enrolled in affordable, quality coverage nationwide since November 15,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. “And in the final day, more new consumers signed up for health coverage than on any other day this Open Enrollment or last. In the 37 states using, nearly 8 in 10 consumers had the option of getting covered for as little as $100 a month or less with financial assistance that lowered the cost of their monthly premium. The Affordable Care Act is now an important part of the everyday lives of millions of Americans. They finally have the financial and health security that comes with affordable health coverage. They now can fill prescriptions and take their children to the doctor. Some no longer have to choose between paying for health care and paying their utility bill. While we have more work to do, the numbers tell the story, and the story is clear. The Affordable Care Act is working, and families, businesses, and taxpayers are all better off as a result.”

Today’s Weekly Enrollment Snapshot also includes data for select local areas through Feb.15 -

44,068 consumers in the Memphis, TN-MS-AR local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan

15,681 consumers in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan

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