Vermont, other states post exchange updates

By BenefitsPro


By Allison Bell

The Vermont Health Connect exchange posted its first detailed activity data this week, and other state-based exchanges have posted updates.

The Vermont public exchange enrollment site has suffered many outages since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period began Oct. 1.

But consumers in the state have managed to create 11,074 accounts, start 6,474 applications, and submit 4,311 applications, officials said.

Meanwhile, in another New England state, Connecticut, managers of the Access Health CT released a detailed breakdown of enrollment activity for the first two weeks of operation.

The exchange earlier reported enrolling a total of 7,615 people in exchange plans in October.

The exchange counted 6,506 application starts during the first week and 1,358 enrollments. During the second week, the application start count fell to 2,558, and the enrollment count fell to 621.

During the two-week period, small employers placed a total of 186 calls to the small-group call center and submitted 11 coverage applications. The applications were for coverage for 47 employees.

State residents asked for just 42 PPACA individual coverage mandate exemption forms and 232 voter registration forms.

At the individual coverage division, about half of the early enrollees enrolled in Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Plan coverage, and about half enrolled in commercial "qualified health plan" coverage. Only 772 of the 1,897 consumers who signed up for commercial coverage qualified for tax subsidies.

Anthem — a unit of WellPoint Inc. — accounted for 67 percent of Connecticut's QHP enrollment during the first two weeks.

HealthyCT, the state's nonprofit "CO-OP" program plan, captured just 2 percent of QHP enrollment.

A third state-based exchange, Kentucky's kynect exchange, said that, as of Friday, it had enrolled 27,854 people in Medicaid coverage, 4,631 people in QHP coverage, and about 1,700 people in stand-alone dental coverage.

Originally published on BenefitsPro.com