A jump in group health enrollment at large Utah employers offset a drop in enrollment in individual and small-group health insurance arrangements in 2010, according to Utah insurance regulators.
Total enrollment in commercial health coverage arrangements in the state increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010, to 691,345, officials said in the state’s latest health insurance market report.
Enrollment in large-group plans rose 3.2 percent, to 492,561, as enrollment in small-group plans fell 4.7 percent, to 198,784.
The number of individuals using individual policies or “conversion” policies, such as COBRA policies, fell 2.6 percent, to 139,185.
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Although large-group enrollment rose between 2009 and 2010, large employer plans were covering a much smaller share of the Utah population in 2010 than they were covering in 2001, officials said.