Some of the public exchanges seem to having much better luck than others at convincing commercial plan applicants to actually choose commercial plans.
The federal – and many state exchanges – have had trouble getting their enrollment sites to work at all. And many of successful applicants are on track to get Medicaid or other public health coverage.
But what about the consumers who’ve navigated the eligibility process for commercial qualified health plans?
Most of the exchanges aren’t yet reporting figures for actual paid enrollment, in part because the first premium payments aren’t due yet. And two locally run exchanges – in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts – have no QHP selection data in the latest report.
But the percentage of eligible QHP applicants in the other states who got far enough along in the process between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 to choose a QHP ranges from 1 percent in Oregon up to 50 percent in Maryland. Both of those exchanges are state-based.
All state exchanges combined report that 29 percent of their 781,875 eligible QHP applicants had picked QHPs by the end of November.
In the HHS-run exchanges, the percentage of eligible QHP applicants who’d signed up for QHPs by Nov. 30 ranged from 6 percent in Iowa and Mississippi to 14 percent in Montana.