New numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that 139,815 Wisconsinites selected a plan on Heathcare.gov before the end of open enrollment.
As Robert put it in our press release on the topic:
“It is a great step forward for freedom that nearly 140,000 Wisconsinites now have guaranteed health care that can never be taken away,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
According to the data released today, in addition to the 139,815 Wisconsinites who signed up for a plan at Healthcare.gov, 81,274 citizens were found eligible for BadgerCare on the website.
The new numbers show that in Wisconsin 26% of sign ups are between the ages of 18-34. This will have an impact on insurance rates in Wisconsin next year, as it is below the national average of 28%.
Insurance rates are likely to grow in Wisconsin compared to other states because of actions taken by state government, especially the rejection of federal funds for BadgerCare and the failure to develop a robust insurance rate review process.
The new numbers do not provide a complete picture of enrollment. First, Governor Walker’s decision to force 77,000 residents off BadgerCare to purchase coverage on their own is not accounted for. Second, both BadgerCare enrollment and enrollment in small employer plans can happen throughout the year. Third, the new numbers do not include individuals who purchased coverage directly through an insurance company on off-exchange plans. HHS has signaled it will release those later numbers in the near future.