Nearly 25,000 Delawareans signed up for an Obamacare plan during the second open enrollment period for the nation’s health insurance marketplace.
A release from the Delaware health department Tuesday stated that 24,887 Delawareans picked a new plan or were automatically enrolled in a health plan on the marketplace through last Sunday, the final day of open enrollment. Compared with last year, when enrollment ended in April, only 14,397 Delawareans selected an Obamacare plan.
About 11 percent of all enrollments in Delaware this year occurred in the last nine days of open enrollment, the state said.
Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said she hopes to receive information on the age, race, ethnicity and other characteristics of Delaware’s enrollees before the next meeting of the Delaware Health Care Commission March 5.
The enrollment numbers are expected to increase slightly, as on Monday the federal government issued a sign-up extension for some. Delawareans who tried to sign up for an Obamacare health plan over the weekend but met technical glitches will have until next Sunday to finish their enrollment.
“I encourage those who couldn’t finish their enrollments last weekend to do so by Feb. 22, so that they can enjoy the many benefits that come with being covered and connecting to quality care,” Landgraf said.
About 11.4 million American signed up this open enrollment from Nov. 15 through last Sunday, prompting federal health officials to call it a “strong” showing.