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States Report Health Insurance Application Numbers

Minnesota’s state-operated health insurance exchange reported last week that 5,569 households had completed applications for coverage in the first two weeks of operation, representing 11,684 individuals...
October 24, 2013

Minnesota’s state-operated health insurance exchange reported last week that 5,569 households had completed applications for coverage in the first two weeks of operation, representing 11,684 individuals. Separately, California said that about 94,500 applications for health insurance had been initiated through its exchange between Oct. 1 and Oct. 12. Exchange officials declined to say, however, how many applications had been completed in that period. While state-operated exchanges may issue enrollment figures at any time, figures from the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) run by the federal government will not be released until November.

Data tabulated by The Wall Street Journal indicates that the 14 state-run insurance exchanges have signed up at least 38,000 people so far, with more than 100,000 others having completed applications. While the online insurance marketplaces operated by the federal government have been plagued with technical problems, consumers signing up for coverage through state-run exchanges have had better experiences. The Journal says the state exchanges are more adaptable, can more quickly respond to problems and do not require consumers to create an online account before comparing the costs and benefits of various plans.

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