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State exchange reports enrollment figures, 24% of 20,000 enrollees are ages 18-34

YourHealthIdaho.org, Idaho's state health insurance exchange, reports today that 19,922 Idahoans have now purchased health insurance plans through the exchange, 48,082 have completed applications, 40,205 have been determined eligible to buy insurance on the exchange, and 26,665 have been found eligible for federal financial assistance to buy insurance. “These numbers show that the marketplace is working for Idaho,” said Amy Dowd, YourHealthIdaho executive director; she noted that the number who have selected plans is up by more than 1,000 times from just a month ago. “With three more months of open enrollment left, our work is far from over but I am confident that our efforts will pay off,” she said. Click below for the exchange's full announcement, including breakdowns of enrollees by age, gender and plan type. So far, 31 percent have been ages 55-64, and 24 percent ages 18-34.

 


 

Jan. 13, 2014

 

Nearly 20,000 Idahoans Have Selected a Health Plan

         

BOISE, Idaho – The latest data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that the number of Idahoans who have selected a health insurance plan on Your Health Idaho has increased by 1,000-percent from just one month ago.

 

In Idaho, 19,922 Idahoans have selected a health insurance plan from an Idaho carrier.  In addition, 25,828 applications have been completed, representing 48,082 Idahoans eligible to enroll in a Your Health Idaho plan.

 

“These numbers show that the marketplace is working for Idaho.   We are happy to see our efforts to reach Idahoans in every corner of the state are paying off and that Idahoans are finding plans that fit their needs.  We are also seeing that Idahoans of all ages are purchasing their health insurance through Idaho’s state-based exchange,” said Amy Dowd, Your Health Idaho executive director.

 

This latest information released from Health and Human Services shows that Idahoans of all ages groups are buying health insurance on Idaho’s state-based exchange. Idahoans between 55 and 64-years of age have purchased the greatest number of plans totaling 31-percent of health plans selected. Idahoans between 18 and 34-years old have purchased 24-percent of the plans.

 

“I want to thank our more than 800 of our agents, brokers and In-Person Assisters around the state that have worked tirelessly in the past few months to ensure that every Idahoan that wants coverage is able to apply and enroll in a plan. With three more months of open enrollment left, our work is far from over but I am confident that our efforts will pay off,” said Dowd.

 

Below is a thorough breakdown of Idahoans who have purchased health insurance on Your Health Idaho from October 1, 2013 through December 28, 2013.

 

Total Idaho Marketplace Applications, Eligibility Determinations and Marketplace Plan Selections

Total Number of Completed Applications

Total Individuals Applying for Coverage in Completed Applications

Number of Individuals Determine Eligible to Enroll in a Marketplace Plan

Determined or Assessed Eligible for Medicaid/CHIP by the Marketplace

Pending/Other

Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan

Total Eligible to Enroll in a Marketplace Plan

Eligible to Enroll in a Marketplace Plan with Financial Assistance

25,828

48,082

40,205

26,665

5,574

2,303

19,922

Idaho Marketplace Plan Selection by Gender

Total Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan

Number of Plan Selections With Available Data on Gender

By Gender (% of Available Data, Excluding Unknown)

Number

Number

Females

Males

19,922

19,889

55%

45%

Idaho Marketplace Plan Selection by Age

Total Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan

Number of Plan Selections With Available Data on Age

By Age (% of Available Data, Excluding Unknown)

Age >18

Age

19-25

Age

26-34

Age

35-44

Age

45-54

Age

55-64

Age

>65

Ages

18-34

19,922

19,761

12%

8%

16%

15%

17%

31%

0%

24%

Idaho Marketplace Plan Selection by Metal Level

Total Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan

Number of Plan Selections With Available Data on Metal Level

By Metal Level (% of Available Data, Excluding Unknown)

Bronze Plan

Silver Plan

Gold Plan

Platinum Plan

Catastrophic Plan

19,922

19,922

15%

66%

15%

4%

0%

Marketplace Plan Selection by Financial Assistance Status

Total Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan

Number of Plan Selections With Available Data on Financial Assistance Status

By Financial Assistance Status (% of Available Data, Excluding Unknown)

With Financial Assistance

Without Financial Assistance

19,922

19,922

89%

11%

                                     


  

 

Through the Idaho marketplace, tens of thousands of Idaho consumers are accessing the tools and resources made available, including:

 

·       Idaho based Website: YourHealthIdaho.org has had more than 173,625 unique visitors generating more than 814,435 page views.

 

·       Idaho-based call center: The Consumer Resource Center has received more than 10,000 calls from Idahoans and answered more than 600 emails since the start of open enrollment.

 

The tools available on www.YourHealthIdaho.org include:

 

·       Anonymous Plan Browsing: Idahoans can anonymously browse high-level health plan information and estimate average monthly premiums of plans sold on Your Health Idaho without creating an account or completing an application.

https://www.healthcare.gov/find-premium-estimates/

 

·       Premium Assistance Estimator Tool: Idahoans can use this tool to calculate if they may be able to save on their monthly premiums if they are eligible for the advanced premium tax credit.

http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/additional-resources/premium-assistance-estimator/

 

·       Plan & Rate Information Booklet: This document contains information of the individual and family health plans that are sold on Your Health Idaho. http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/YHI-Plan-Information-10_29_2013e.pdf

 

·       Enrollment Planning Worksheet: This document helps people understand the various ways they can enroll (online, paper, phone) and helps organize information prior to starting the process.

http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/YHI-Enrollment-Worksheet1.pdf

 

For Idahoans who are looking for coverage and need help in getting an application completed there are several options available to find in-person assistance:
  

·       Consumer Connectors, including agents, brokers and In-Person Assisters are available across the state to help Idahoans look for the plan that is right for them and their families.
  

·       Consumer Resource Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. They can also be reached toll free at 1-855-YH-Idaho (1-855-944-3246) or via email at customerservice@yourhealthidaho.org.

 

About Your Health Idaho

Your Health Idaho was established by State law in 2013 to provide an online marketplace where Idaho families and small businesses can go to compare and purchase health insurance. Your Health Idaho is governed by an 18-member Board authorized by the Idaho Legislature to set the rules and regulations for implementing a State-based health insurance exchange.

 

For more information please visit www.yourhealthidaho.org. You can also check us out on Facebook or on Twitter.

 

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