Just released by the Connector. Also, materials for tomorrow’s Connector Board meeting have been posted.
Commonwealth Connector Health Insurance Authority Executive Director Jon Kingsdale announced today that 14,384 individuals are receiving the Commonwealth Care product that became available last month.
“There’s no doubt that the availability of Commonwealth Care will result in better health outcomes for our residents,” said Kingsdale. “People will be getting preventive care and medications rather than showing up in hospital emergency rooms.”
Among 50,000 users of the uncompensated care pool, more than 30,000 have already been deemed eligible for Commonwealth Care. Approximately 18,000 of those determinations were made in this month alone. Once people are determined eligible and receive enrollment materials, they have 14 days to choose one of four plans. Those who don’t are automatically enrolled in one of the least expensive plans. If they don’t switch to another plan within 14 days, the auto assignment becomes effective. Even after their enrollment is effective, they have 60 additional days to switch to another health plan.
“I am extremely encouraged that we have been able to meet the ambitious timetables established in the healthcare reform legislation,” said Kingsdale. “We are currently enrolling about 4,000 new members each week, and remain on track to enroll nearly 50,000 free care pool users by the end of January.”