The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act seems to be driving Web-based health insurance shopping overall, especially when it comes to older, sicker consumers.
Analysts at All Web Leads came to that conclusion after looking at the traffic flowing through its own insurance quote sites.
All Web Leads sites generate leads for non-exchange products, not public exchange plans.
Analysts at the firm aren’t releasing any of the underlying totals.
But analysts said the firm’s overall health quote search volume was 134 percent higher during the first week after the Oct. 1 open enrollment start date than the first week of September.
The spike in quote site activity shows publicity surrounding the exchange launch is boosting interest in all kinds of health products, not just public exchange plans, firm analysts said.