Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2017 Launches Nov. 1
The Health Insurance marketplace will open for enrollments for the 2017 health plan year on Nov. 1. The marketplaces will remain open until Jan. 31. Outside of the open enrollment period, individuals can enroll in Marketplace coverage only if they've experiences a qualifying life event triggering a Special Enrollment Period. Title V agencies should refer uninsured women, children and families to their state Navigator grantees for assistance enrolling in a health plan. See a complete list of 2015 and 2016 Navigator grantees. For more information on open enrollment, check out AMCHP's fact sheet.
HHS Projects 13.8 Million Plan Selections During 2017 Open Enrollment
An estimated 13.8 million people are expected to select a marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment period, a 9 percent increase over 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Two-thirds of those making 2017 plan selections are expected to be re-enrollees from 2016 marketplace coverage (9.2 million individuals). One-quarter are currently uninsured (3.5 million individuals) and the remaining 1.1 million are enrolled in off-marketplace individual coverage. The 2017 open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. See the full report from ASPE. For more information about how Title V programs can engage with the open enrollment period, see AMCHP's fact sheet.
ASPE Details 2017 Marketplace Plan Premiums and Availability
According to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), benchmark premiums in 2017 will increase on average 22 percent for all states and 25 percent for states using the federally-facilitated marketplace (Healthcare.gov). The report's authors note that 77 percent of current marketplace enrollees will be able to purchase a plan with monthly premiums of $100 or less after tax credits and that just over one-fifth of HealthCare.gov consumers that did not receive tax credits in 2016 may be eligible for tax credits in 2017. For more information, view the full report.