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PA sees higher enrollment numbers in February

Many states have experienced lower-than-anticipated signups through their insurance exchanges and the federal-run website. However, Pennsylvania is among those states that might be able to meet its initial enrollment forecast.

According to The Associated Press, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services found the state reached 159,821 enrollees as of March 1, a 30 percent increase from January, which only saw 123,700 people sign up. The AP reported the Obama administration estimated Pennsylvania would reach 206,000 enrollments for health insurance by the end of the open enrollment period, and it looks like Pennsylvania may attain this goal. 

What may be more remarkable is that residents in Pennsylvania must sign up for insurance benefits through the federal exchange, which has experienced significant technical issues since it rolled out. In addition, Government Health IT reported the state is allowing health plans that aren’t compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be renewed through October. Many in the state are choosing to utilize the federal exchange to receive benefits rather than stay on their own plans. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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