Apparently 205,000+ Wisconsinites signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the recent open enrollment period…about 70,000 more enrollees than last year. The article about the increase in enrollment HERE!
But what leads me to believe the ACA is here to stay? Well, because the insurance companies like it:
Several insurers also were pleased with the growth in the market.
“We hit our enrollment targets — exactly where we wanted to be — so it’s looking good,” said Melissa Duffy, chief strategy officer of Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, one of the companies selling health plans on the marketplace in Wisconsin.
Common Ground hoped that 30,000 to 40,000 people would get coverage through its two health plans on the marketplace, and enrollment is in that range, Duffy said.
About 24,000 to 25,000 people were enrolled in its plans last year.
“We retained quite a bit of our membership, so we were quite pleased with that,” Duffy said.
Common Ground — a nonprofit health insurer started with federal loans available through the Affordable Care Act — still is working on improving its back-office operations.
“We have a ways to go before we feel good about it,” Duffy said.
Statewide enrollment was in line with Security Health Plan’s projections, said Marty Anderson, director of consumer marketing for the health insurance company.
About 85% of the people covered by the company’s health plans sold to individuals and families bought their plans through the marketplace, Anderson said. Most of those people qualified for the federal subsidies available to people who are not offered affordable health benefits through an employer and who have household incomes below a certain threshold.
Security Health, an affiliate of Marshfield Clinic, has seen the market for health plans sold to individuals and families increase by about 20% since the launch of the federal marketplaces, Anderson said.
The GOP can rant and rave in the halls of Congress and under the dome in Madison…they can safely vote to repeal it knowing the vote will result in no change. But if it actually looked like they were moving in that direction…I think the big health insurers would threaten to snap their coin purses shut in a hurry…and the resounding echo would bring the GOP to their senses. The insurers aren’t going to willingly give up the millions of new customers that were dropped on their doorstep. And the hospitals and clinics will very likely line up right behind them.