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With a week to go in open enrollment, Connector and MassHealth on track to process 450,000 eligible Bay Staters (UPDATE: It's over 460,000)

With a week to go in open enrollment, Connector and MassHealth on track to process 450,000 eligible Bay Staters (UPDATE: It's over 460,000)

February 6, 2015

The Health Connector released their Weekly Open Enrollment dashboard report, which rolls up the week's daily dashboards and shows additional details (all the dashboards are eventually posted here, and today's full dashboard is also here). Here's the data on eligibility determinations:

2-6-15 Enrollment dashboard

The complicated chart shows that over 440,000 people have been determinded eligible for MassHealth or Connector coverage using the new eligibility system. With open enrollment going through February 15, wer'e on track to easily beat 450,000 total eligibles - a remarkable achievment. The colored bars above show where people are coming from (indicated by the colors), and where they are going to (shown by the bars on the left).

(UPDATE: Despite more snow, as of Wednesday, 2/11. the Connector and MassHealth report 459,618 determinied eligibile!)

However, not everyone determined eligible has enrolled yet. Enrolling includes choosing a plan and making an initial premium payment (if required). Around 326,000 people have enrolled so far. Another 24,000 have selected a plan or placed one in their "cart," but not yet completed their enrollment.

With yet another storm coming, we urge people looking for coverage to contact our Helpline if they need assistance. Also, we want to get word out that though open enrollment for Connector Plans ends on February 15, people eligible for MassHealth, our Medicaid program, can apply at any time. You may also be able to enroll in Connector plans after February 15 if you meet one of the special circumstances, like a change in income or marriage status.