HealthCare.gov continued to do good individual health insurance business during the third week of the open enrollment period for 2018, but year-over-year gains were smaller than they were doing the first 11 days of the selling season.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set up HealthCare.gov to run Affordable Care Act public health insurance exchange programs in states that are unwilling or unable to run exchange programs themselves.
HealthCare.gov received plan selection information for about 114,000 people per day from Nov. 12 through Nov. 18.
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The daily average was down from a daily average of 146,000 for the period from Nov. 5 through Nov. 11.
But the latest daily average was up 41% from a daily average of about 81,000 for the period from Nov. 13, 2016, through Nov. 26, 2016, during the individual major medical insurance open enrollment period for 2017 coverage.
During the first 11 days of the 2018 open enrollment period, the daily average was 74% higher than during the first 11 days of the 2017 open enrollment period.
HealthCare.gov has taken in plan selection information for a total of 2.3 million people, up from about 1.6 million people during the first three weeks of the open enrollment period for 2017, according to ThinkAdvisor extrapolations based on a new enrollment activity report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
CMS, the arm of HHS that runs HealthCare.gov, is issuing weekly reports this year. The agency issued biweekly reports for the 2017 open enrollment period.