More than 4,100 Missourians had picked a health insurance plan through healthcare.gov by the end of November, more than five times the amount of individuals who picked a plan during the website’s first month of operation, October. The number of completed applications by the end of the second month has more than doubled in Missouri.
Missouri’s total applications completed is now 31,474, representing 62,964 individuals applying for coverage. Of those, 6,487 have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.
The health insurance exchanges are a key provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that allows individuals to browse, compare and purchase health insurance online. Some state legislatures decided to run their own exchanges. Other states, including Missouri, opted to have residents use the federally-run exchange via healthcare.gov.