Texas Association of Health Plans Encouraged with Exchange Enrollment Data - Updated
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014
CONTACT: David Gonzales, 512-476-2091
AUSTIN, TX – Enrollment in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace continued to rise in January, with a 75% percent increase in overall enrollment over the prior three month reporting period with young adult enrollment outpacing all other age groups.
According to the latest federal numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday, February 12, close to 90,000 people in Texas chose health insurance plans in January. Since October 1, more than 207,000 people in Texas have chosen plans on the federally run marketplace, where consumers can compare and buy health plans.
Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) continues to be optimistic about the exchange and the increasing level of interest from consumers as a result of the Texas-specific data released yesterday.
“These encouraging trends show that more Texans are enrolling every day," said David Gonzales, Executive Director. "TAHP members participating in the marketplace are committed to helping Texans make an informed decision to select an economical health plan and offering the choices in health insurance that all Texans deserve."
For decades, TAHP members have offered health and supplemental benefits to almost 20 million Texans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The association strongly advocates for policies that expand access to health care coverage through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality and innovation. The extended open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31, 2014.
About Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP)
Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) is a statewide trade association representing effectively all health plans (Commercial, Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare) doing business in Texas and is committed to improving access, value and quality of care throughout Texas. Utilizing legislative advocacy, education and collaboration with other member organizations, TAHP brings together industry leadership to develop answers to critical health care issues in the state. For more information, please visit www.tahp.org or call (512) 476-2091.