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Woohoo! Connector/MassHealth Eligibility Count Breaks 200,000!


Woohoo! Connector/MassHealth Eligibility Count Breaks 200,000!

December 4, 2014

[UPDATED UPDATE: On December 17, the Connector and MassHealth reported that 202,156 people have now become eligible for ACA coverage in Massachsuetts #thatwasfast ]

Open enrollment dashboard excerpt 12-17-14

[UPDATE: On December 12, the Connector and MassHealth reported that 156,163 people have now become eligible for ACA coverage in Massachusetts:]



Pop the corks! Cue the balloon drop! Today's update from the Connector and MassHealth represents a major milestone: Massachusetts health reform eligibility determinations topped 100,000 people.

Connector dashboard report 12-4-14

The Connector marked the progress with a press release with lots and lots of numbers, many drawn from today's Daily Dashboard). Some excerpts:

MAhealthconnector.org Passes 100,000 Mark

108,155 people determined eligible for ACA health insurance; Enrollment Fair in Springfield attracts more than 250, in-person help available on Dec. 9 in Boston

BOSTON – Thursday, December 4, 2014 – The new Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange (“MA HIX”) website has successfully determined 108,155 individuals eligible for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance. Less than three weeks into Open Enrollment 2015, 49,928 have been enrolled in MassHealth coverage and 58,227 have been found eligible for Health Connector-sponsored plans.

Of the 58,227 who qualify for Health Connector insurance, 29,439 have already shopped and selected their health plans while 2,043 have paid their first bill, less than three weeks in advance of the Dec. 23 deadline to take action for Jan. 1, 2015 coverage. ...

To reach these individuals, the Commonwealth and its partners have knocked on 55,918 doors, sent nearly 500,000 pieces of direct mail and placed 160,370 calls. Yesterday, the Health Connector and MassHealth held an Enrollment Fair in Springfield that attracted 250 people. Individuals and families received free in-person help completing applications and talked to insurers about their plans and networks. The next enrollment event is on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Courtyard Marriott, 275 Tremont St., Boston. Along with providing application and coverage assistance, the event will include an appearance by Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron from 2 to 4 p.m. ...

MAhealthconnector.org has attracted a total of 732,371 unique visitors since Nov. 15, serving a high of 1,292 concurrent users with a page response time of less than half a second (382 milliseconds). An average of 623 front line staff have been available to assist consumers with questions about their applications across state and vendor call centers and application processing units.

       -  Brian Rosman