Nov. 29, 2017: 2018 Open Enrollment Surpasses 2 Million Sign-Ups

Open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018 coverage began Nov. 1, and already more than 2 million people nationally selected plans using the platform, according to a snapshot report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The report indicates that of the 798,829 individuals who made plan selections during the third week of open enrollment, more than 578,000 consumers were renewing their coverage and approximately 220,000 new consumers were purchasing coverage for the first time. The report defines a new consumer as one that did not have Marketplace coverage last year.

As of Nov. 18, more than 64,000 New Jersey residents have selected a Marketplace plan for 2018.

The final number of plan selections associated with enrollment during a reporting period may change as plan modifications or cancellations occur, such as those due to life changes like starting a new job or getting married. In addition, the snapshot only reports new plan selections and active plan renewals; it does not report the number of consumers who have paid premiums to effectuate their enrollment. Data on effectuated enrollment is usually available in the middle of the year for which consumers are enrolled.

CMS will release enrollment snapshots for the platform every week during open enrollment.