State Health Insurance Marketplaces Outperform Federal Exchange
After a slow start, especially for the federally run health insurance marketplace serving 36 states, nearly 365,000 Americans made it through the application process and selected a health insurance plan, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dec. 11. The number selecting a plan in November was more than double the number in October, the first month the marketplaces were operational.
- The number of individuals selecting a marketplace plan varies from a low of 44 in Oregon to a high of 107,087 in California. Both are state-run exchanges.
- Within the federal exchange, the number of plan selections was lowest in Hawaii with 444 and highest in Florida with 17,908 individuals selecting plans.
- State based marketplaces--or exchanges--represent 62 percent of the selections, although only 14 states and the District of Columbia chose to run their own exchange.