CMS plans to release a report on new plan selections for each month of the 2021 SEP. New plan selections are a count of unique consumers who didn’t have an active Marketplace plan as of February 14 and made a plan selection on or after February 15.
These enrollment numbers refer to the 36 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform for the 2021 benefit year. The by state enrollment through the HealthCare.gov platform for the Individual market Exchange:
HealthCare.gov 2021 SEP Snapshot
|HealthCare.gov Platform Snapshot||Cumulative|
|New Plan Selections||206,236|
|New Consumers Requesting Coverage on App Submitted on or after Feb 15||385,864|
New Plan Selections: The number of unique consumers who didn’t have an active enrollment as of February 14, and made a plan selection on or after February 15, that is active as of the end of the reporting period. An active plan selection is one that is non-cancelled with an end date of December 31. While this plan selection metric is net of cancellations and terminations that occur during the reporting period, it doesn’t represent effectuated enrollments because reconciliation activity may continue in later periods.
New Consumers Requesting Coverage on an Application Submitted on or after February 15: The number of unique consumers who submitted an application and are requesting coverage on or after February 15 and didn’t have an active enrollment as of February 14. If determined eligible for Marketplace coverage, a consumer still needs to pick a health plan (i.e., plan selection) and pay their premium to have coverage (i.e., effectuate enrollment).
Marketplace Eligible: The number of unique new consumers requesting coverage on an application submitted on or after February 15 who are determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace health plan, regardless of whether they applied for or are eligible for financial assistance.
Medicaid/CHIP Eligible: The number of unique new consumers requesting coverage on an application submitted on or after February 15 who are assessed or determined eligible for enrollment in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The number of new plan selections from the start of the SEP opportunity on February 15 through February 28 represents an increase from 76,000 and 60,000 consumers signing up for health insurance during the same period in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The by state enrollment comparing the first two weeks of the 2021 SEP to enrollment through HealthCare.gov the prior two years:
2021 SEP by State Snapshot
|State||Feb 15-28, 2021||Feb 15-29, 2020||Feb 15-28, 2019|
|Total Plan Selections||206,236||76,045||59,907|