Just over three-quarters — or 8.84 million — of those selecting plans during the current open season did so in the federal exchange, which offers plans to those in the 37 states that declined to set up their own exchanges. Another 2.88 million chose coverage in the 13 states that, along with the District of Columbia, have their own health insurance exchanges, according to the HHS.
Among those choosing plans in the federal exchange, 87 percent, or 7.7 million people, qualified for a federal premium subsidy, available to those with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The average premium subsidy was $263 a month, with 55 percent of enrollees paying $100 a month or less for coverage after the subsidy.
Of the 37 states in the federal exchange, HHS said those with the highest number of individuals selecting coverage during the 2015 open season are: Florida, 1.6 million; Texas, 1.2 million; North Carolina, 560,357; and Georgia, 541,080.
Of those states operating their own exchanges, those with the highest number of people selecting plans were: California, 1.41 million; New York, 408,841; Washington, 160,372; and Massachusetts, 140,540.
This report appeared on the website of Business Insurance magazine, a Chicago-based sister publication of Tire Business.