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The Marketplace Experience: Month One

While some of the state-operated health insurance exchanges have been issuing enrollment figures since they went “live” on October 1, figures from the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) run by the federal government will not be released until late November...
November 6, 2013

While some of the state-operated health insurance exchanges have been issuing enrollment figures since they went “live” on October 1, figures from the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) run by the federal government will not be released until late November. In the meantime, the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund is out with results from the first in a series of surveys it conducted designed to introduce more objective data into the conversation. Conducted from October 9 to 27, the survey focused on adults eligible to purchase coverage in the new marketplaces.

Among the survey’s key findings: 60 percent of potentially eligible adults are aware of the new marketplaces as a place where they might shop for coverage; 17 percent reported visiting the marketplaces in October to shop for a health plan; about one of five visitors were ages 19 to 29; and one of five visitors enrolled in a plan. Reflecting the technical problems that have plagued the federal marketplace and some state marketplace websites, 37 percent of those who did not enroll in coverage cited those technical difficulties as a reason. A majority of survey respondents, however, appear determined to gain coverage over the next few months. Full Results>>

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