The Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and other assisters throughout the state of Nebraska rocked Open Enrollment 5! The concert was executed smoothly with a nice balance of lights to complement the music.
How many consumers enrolled?
This year, 88,213 Nebraskans signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Why is this a big deal? Take a look at the enrollment numbers for previous years and you can see why assisters are rejoicing.
For 2018 coverage: 88,213 5th open enrollment November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017
For 2017 coverage: 84,371 4th open enrollment November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
For 2016 coverage: 87,835 3rd open enrollment November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
For 2015 coverage: 74,152 2nd open enrollment November 15. 2014 – February 15, 2015
For 2014 coverage: 63,776 1st open enrollment October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Note: CMS started to report state-level plan selection figures after January 9, 2015.
All hands were on deck to help spread the word about open enrollment. I probably annoyed many people by using my personal social media platforms to educate those I know. What was enlightening to me were the stories shared by individuals who were able to find affordable health insurance.
On Healthcare.gov, there was a tool that allowed consumers to explore the plans offered in their state. While many of the prices listed were high, many consumers were surprised by how affordable a plan was for them once they completed an application and were able to see what tax credits and/or cost sharing reductions they received.
In fact, many consumers were able to receive free health insurance. That’s right – many qualified for free plans based upon their income.
So, as I stated before, the assisters in Nebraska rocked hard. Fans at the concert enjoyed the performance, especially the epic encore.
To everyone that helped ensure a successful concert…..Great work! We did it.
-Keshia Bradford, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Health Center Association of Nebraska