ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state-based exchanges in New York and Connecticut seem to be getting about as many completed coverage applications as they were before, but New York officials say the number of customer queries has been rising rapidly.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) plan enrollment started Oct. 1. The enrollment deadline for consumers who want to have coverage in place Jan. 1 is Dec. 23.
Managers of the NY State of Health exchange said their exchange has approved about 27,000 applications in the past week. The exchange has been averaging about 28,000 approvals per week in the 10 weeks since enrollment began.
New York exchange managers said about one-third of all of the approved applicants have enrolled in plans, with 50,119 enrolling in “qualified health plan” (QHP) coverage and 40,984 in Medicaid plans or other public plans, officials said.
At the Access Health CT exchange, managers say consumers completed 10,312 applications from Nov. 15 through Dec. 4, or about 3,440 applications per week.
During the previous three weeks, consumers were averaging about 3,350 completed applications per week.
New insurers in the New York health exchange said they expect to see enrollment spike as the Dec. 23 deadline nears.
At Oscar Health Insurance, co-founder Kevin Nazemi said that hundreds of thousands of people have contacted the insurer’s website since Oct. 1, and that query volume increases daily. He said the company expects to see enrollment spikes both later this month and at the end of March.