Michigan was the sixth most successful marketplace with 37.6 percent of eligible residents signing up for a qualified health plan during 2014 open enrollment.
The second open enrollment period runs Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015. Federal officials say HealthCare.gov — the site used by Michiganders — will be better than last year’s version. Officials demonstrated the improved site for reporters on Oct. 8. The website and enrollment process have been enhanced and now feature faster performance, a shorter application, and easier access via mobile devices. Officials also said much more time is being spent on testing.
2014 enrollment recap
More than 272,500 Michigan residents signed up for qualified health plans. Eighty-seven percent qualified for financial assistance, compared to 85 percent nationally. An HHS report shows the average monthly premium, after tax credits, for Michigan consumers as $97. Thirty-nine percent of enrollees pay $50 or less per month after subsidies.
Thirteen percent of Michigan residents selected a bronze plan (20 percent nationally), 75 percent selected a silver plan (65 percent nationally), 9 percent selected a gold plan (9 percent nationally), 2 percent selected a platinum plan (5 percent nationally) and 2 percent selected a catastrophic plan (2 percent nationally). Twenty-eight percent of Michigan enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 34.
Insurers and rates on 2015 exchange
Sixteen insurers are selling policies through the Michigan exchange for 2015 coverage, up from 12 in 2014 according to HHS. All insurers that participated in 2014 are staying in the marketplace for 2015, and four carriers are new.
Data gathered by PricewaterhouseCoopers as of Nov. 4 shows an average increase of 3.6 percent for plans sold both on and off the marketplace. While the average increase is small, the range of premium changes is wide: -21.8 percent to 18.3 percent.
Background on Michigan’s exchange efforts
Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, supported a state-run exchange for Michigan. However, he did not have the support of enough fellow Republicans to move ahead.
The Michigan attorney general joined 25 other states in challenging the Affordable Care Act. The Senate passed a bill to authorize a state-run exchange, but bill was voted down by the House’s Health Policy committee and didn’t get a floor vote.
Eventually, the state moved ahead with a state-federal partnership. Michigan is responsible for plan management, but left all other functions to the federal government.
Michigan health insurance exchange links
Statewide network of non-profit agencies providing free enrollment support services to health insurance consumers
State Exchange Profile: Michigan
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation overview of Michigan’s progress toward creating a state health insurance exchange.