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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups. Due to the diligence of the hospital community and their health care leaders, Pennsylvania was almost able to meet health insurance enrollment numbers from the previous year in nearly half the time. Pennsylvania had the sixth highest number of health insurance sign-ups.

States with the most health insurance sign-ups during Open Enrollment 2017

State

Health insurance enrollments

Florida

1,715,227

Texas

1,126,838

North Carolina

519,803

Georgia

480,912

Virginia

400,015

Pennsylvania

389,081

Illinois

334,979

 

Nationwide, 11.8 million Americans enrolled in health insurance coverage during the shortened Open Enrollment. This represents a 3.7 percent decrease from the previous enrollment period for 2017 coverage.

Pennsylvania’s 389,081 enrollments represent an 8.7 percent decrease from the previous open enrollment (426,059). For the 38 states and D.C. that used the HealthCare.gov platform (including Pennsylvania), one out of every five enrollments was a new consumer.

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to promote health insurance coverage for all Pennsylvanians. To date, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions have supported more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians with health insurance coverage, providing better access to high quality health care services and reducing the uninsured population of Pennsylvania. HAP continues to provide resources about provisions of the Affordable Care Act and their impact in Pennsylvania at its website.

For more information about open enrollment or the health insurance reports, please contact Paula Bussard, chief strategy officer, or Phillip M. Burrell, director, research and data analytics.

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