The Marketplace Has Closed until November 15, 2014
Check out the information at healthcare.gov
The Marketplace closed on March 31, 2014. It will reopen on November 15, 2014 for people to purchase insurance plans.
For more information about enrollment and qualifying life events that would allow you to purchase a health plan between March 31 and November 15, 2014 or make changes to your plan, go to www.healthcare.gov
Remember that you can still check out plans or determine eligibility for Medicaid on the Marketplace anytime.
Closing the Gap
This counter provides an up-to-the-minute total of dollars foregone by the state since January 1, 2014.
The State of Wyoming’s decision against expanding Medicaid to cover more residents is costing the state economy millions of dollars each month.
As of midday on July 22, 2014, Wyoming has lost over $62.5 million in federal funds that would have helped the state provide health care to many people in the gap.
The counter is a conservative estimate of the dollars lost. It uses data from the September 2012 report completed by Milliman, Inc. for the Wyoming Department of Health.
Milliman’s analysis suggested a wide range in the number of possible enrollees. The Wyoming Department of Health picked a number inside that range and has said it expects that about 17,600 people would enroll for coverage under the expansion.
You can view the Milliman Report here: http://www.health.wyo.gov/Media.aspx?mediaId=12891
You can see how many millions of dollars have been lost to date here: http://equalitystate.org/
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Wyoming is keeping up with national Marketplace enrollment numbers
State saw above average numbers of young people enrolling ahead of March 31
Wyoming has enrolled 6,838 residents in the health insurance Marketplace as of March 1, 2014. “These numbers are comparable to other rural states that have a federal Marketplace and are a strong indication that people do want to have health insurance,” said Kim Gillan Regional Director of Health and Human Services Region VIII.
“We anticipate a continued increase in the number of people who contact 2-1-1 to find a Navigator for assistance in the Marketplace.” stated Tracy Brosius, who leads the Navigator team at the Institute for Population Health, a division of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. “Last night’s announcement that gives people two more weeks to complete their enrollment but who have started by midnight on March 31 will allow the Navigators and other assisters in Wyoming to help more people.”
Here are the numbers for Wyoming:
Of the 6,838 Wyoming residents who purchased plans in the first five months, 56 percent were female.
The number of young people 18-34 who have enrolled is slightly above the national average, 27 percent for Wyoming compared to the national average of 25 percent.
Wyoming individuals aged 55-64 represented 31 percent of health insurance purchases.
Of the 6,838 Wyoming residents who purchased plans in the first five months, 66 percent purchased the silver level plan.
The majority of people who purchased insurance plans on the Marketplace in Wyoming, 92 percent, qualified for financial assistance.
Of the Wyoming individuals who purchased Marketplace plans without financial assistance, 37 percent bought silver plans and 3 percent bought catastrophic plans.
1,646 Wyoming residents were determined to be eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP through the Marketplace during the first five months of enrollment.
About the report:
The report features cumulative data for the five-month reporting period because some people apply, shop, and select a plan across monthly reporting periods. Enrollment is measured as those who selected a plan. You can read the report here:
State-level tables highlighting enrollment-related information for the Marketplace are available here: