Missouri’s Health Exchange Enrollment Pace Swings Up, And Down

HealthCare.gov has been plagued by technical issues since its Oct. 1 launch. | Photo by Michael Stacy
Photo by Michael Stacy

Local health care experts say monthly enrollment increases on Missouri’s health insurance marketplace may have peaked in December because people wanted coverage by the first of the year, and may peak again in March because they’ll want to meet a coverage deadline. Numbers released by the federal government show that the pace of enrollment actually declined from December to January both nationally and in Missouri.

During the first month the online marketplace opened, in October, just 751 people picked a private plan in Missouri. But that figure increased to 3,373 in November and spiked to 29,014 in December, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But in January, fewer Missourians picked a private health insurance plan through the marketplace than in December: 21,109 in January versus 29,014 in December.

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