WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — An analysis from a top health advisory services company found that only 3 percent of expected health care exchange participants have enrolled for Obamacare so far through 12 states running their own market.
An Avalere Health analysis shows that 49,100 people have signed up for health care insurance in 12-state based exchanges, as of Nov. 10. Avalere believes these states – Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state — will account for 1.4 million exchange enrollees.
“Enrollment in new programs begins slowly and often takes several months to build momentum,” Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, said in a press release. “While initial enrollment has been lagging, with aggressive marketing there is still time for awareness of the program to grow and participation to begin.”
According to Avalere, only 300 people enrolled — just 1 percent — out of an expected 25,000 in D.C., the lowest number in the state-based exchanges that were analyzed.
Hawaii, Minnesota and New York only had 2 percent of expected participants enroll in Obamacare.
The highest numbers came from Rhode Island with 11 percent and Vermont at 12 percent of expected participants enrolled.
The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release enrollment figures this week.