Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

December 12, 2013

Health insurance numbers below projections

TRAVERSE CITY — Only 6,847 Michiganders selected marketplace health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act through November, less than 1 percent of the state’s population.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released new enrollment numbers Wednesday. An expert on the Affordable Care Act said numbers are clearly behind what officials expected when the Health Insurance Marketplace launched.

“Our center did some projections looking at the number of people who could reasonably be expected to be enrolled in 2014, with open enrollment through March,” said Josh Fangmeier, a policy analyst at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. “(The) projection was for 127,000 for coverage. It’s going to be fairly difficult to reach that enrollment number.”

It’s also unclear how the law is affecting Michigan businesses. Fangmeier said a lot of business leaders likely are standing by to see how its implementation will play out before making big decisions on employees’ health insurance coverage.

“I know a lot of businesses have had conversations about whether they want to offer health insurance benefits to employees or have them drop coverage and go to the marketplace where they might qualify for a tax credit and more comprehensive coverage,” Fangmeier said. “I don’t know if we have quite enough evidence yet to know whether employers are making those strategic decisions.

“They want to make sure the marketplace is working well and would offer a fairly good deal for their employees,” he said.

The new numbers show 52,780 Michigan residents completed applications for health insurance through November. Those applications feasibly would cover up to 98,235 individuals.

No data is available on the fewer than 7,000 who’ve picked plans as to how many made their first policy payment, which is a requirement for the policies to kick in.

The Michigan Health Insurance Exchange is run by the federal government.

Text Only

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot