February 5, 2016


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National Member Webinar on Navigating Commissions, Ethics, and Antitrust Laws
White House to Release Cadillac Tax Fix
New Guidance on the HIT/Expatriate Plans
House Fails to Override Presidential Veto; Holds Hearing on Prescription Prices
CMS: 79,000 Agents and Brokers Helped Enroll on HealthCare.gov
Webinar: Understanding the Pros and Cons of Cost Containment Strategies
Compliance Cornered: Coping with COBRA… and Employer Reporting!
It’s Time to Make your Hill Appointments for Capitol Conference
The ShiftShapers Podcast with David Saltzman
HUPAC Roundup
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CMS: 79,000 Agents and Brokers Helped Enroll on HealthCare.gov

The third open enrollment period (OEP) has finally come to a close and the latest tallies show that roughly 12.7 million individuals enrolled in marketplace coverage during the OEP. The Administration projected that between 11 and 14.1 million individuals would enroll in coverage, either new enrollees or returning consumers, and that 10 million would continue to be effectuated enrollments through the year. The 12.7 million enrollees from this OEP include 9.6 million enrollees on the federal marketplace that is used by 38 states, and roughly 3 million enrolled in state-based marketplaces. Of those that enrolled on HealthCare.gov, nearly 4 million of them were new enrollees. Of those that returned, approximately seven in 10 actively selected their plan for the coming year instead of passively being re-enrolled, up from half during last year’s OEP. The Administration also released a fact sheet last Friday that noted that nearly 80,000 agents and brokers assisted consumers in enrolling in marketplace plans.

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

This fact sheet provides a point-in-time estimate as of January 28, except where noted, of the many numbers behind the 2016 open enrollment period.

11.6 million

The number of Americans across the country who have signed up for or been automatically renewed for 2016 Marketplace coverage (through December 26 for State-based Marketplaces and January 23 for states using HealthCare.gov).

60 percent

The share of returning 2015 consumers who came back to HealthCare.gov and actively reenrolled and switched to a different plan for 2016 through December 26.


The average savings per year for the 60 percent of all people who actively reenrolled in a Marketplace plan for 2016 through HealthCare.gov who switched to a different plan through December 26.


In the 38 states using HealthCare.gov, the average monthly tax credit for people who qualify for financial assistance to lower the cost of their premiums through December 26.


The percentage of Marketplace consumers who qualified for tax credits to make their monthly premiums more affordable through December 26 of open enrollment.


The number of issuers the average consumer has in their state, up from 9 in 2015 and 8 in 2014 in the states using HealthCare.gov.


The average number of plans consumers can choose from this year in the states using HealthCare.gov.

3.6 million

Consumers who have used HealthCare.gov’s new Doctor Lookup and Prescription Drug look up features to more easily search for the plan that matches their needs.

13.2 million

Total calls answered at the Marketplace call center through January 23 during this Open Enrollment season.

25.4 million

Unique users who visited HealthCare.gov.


Local television and radio interviews from the President, the First Lady, Secretary Burwell, and HHS and Administration officials.


Trips taken by Administration officials to visit local events and raise awareness about Open Enrollment.


Consumers who visited HealthCare.gov through a mobile device or tablet.


Consumers who visited CuidadodeSalud.gov through a mobile device or tablet.

1 billion+

Impressions from our television and radio campaigns through January 28. (Check out the TV ads here: See Your Savings; My Story, My Savings; Cuidado deSalud: Find Your Savings; Cuidado de Salud: La Mayoría).

3.49+ billion

Twitter impressions garnered by the #GetCovered social media campaign.

21.6+ million

Total text messages sent by HealthCare.gov to consumers interested in learning more about their health care options.


Average number of emails received per consumer with important reminders about their coverage, deadlines and financial help.


Certified application counselors, navigators and in-person assisters on the ground in communities across the nation working to educate and enroll individuals in Marketplace coverage.


Agents and brokers on the ground in communities across the nation working to educate and enroll individuals in Marketplace coverage.


National, state and local partners helping to communicate information about the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Number of public enrollment events that have taken place in communities across the country.


Number of letters written to the President through January 2016 thanking him for the Affordable Care Act since mid-2013 alone.

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