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Remember: Not All States Rely on the Federal Website for Obamacare Enrollment

Remember: Not All States Rely on the Federal Website for Obamacare Enrollment

Posted Nov 19, 2013 by Jenifer Dorsey

With the HealthCare.gov’s shortcomings and repair updates making near-daily news, it’s easy to forget that not all Americans must rely on the federal website to enroll in exchange-based individual health insurance plans. Residents in the other 14 states and the District of Columbia can enroll in 2014 coverage through state-based websites.

The states with their own exchange enrollment websites are as follows:

  1. California – Covered California
  2. Colorado – Connect for Health Colorado
  3. Connecticut – Access Health CT
  4. District of Columbia – DC Health Link
  5. Hawaii – Hawaii Health Connector
  6. Kentucky – kynect: Kentucky Healthcare Connection
  7. Maryland – Maryland Health Connection
  8. Massachusetts – Massachusetts Health Connector
  9. Minnesota – MNsure
  10. Nevada – Nevada Health Link
  11. New York – New York State of Health
  12. Oregon – Cover Oregon
  13. Rhode Island – Health Source RI
  14. Vermont – Vermont Health Connect
  15. Washington – Washington Healthplanfinder

Some states opted for state/federal partnership of their exchanges; they are considered among the 36 states whose residents use HealthCare.gov to enroll. Idaho and New Mexico initially declared their exchanges as state-based; however, they have since temporarily opted for partnership status. Residents in these two states can gather information at their state’s website, but for the time being they must enroll for coverage through the federal website—the state site will transfer them to the federal site when they opt to enroll. Read “Where to Shop by State” for a full list of websites and state exchange types.
 
Initial Obamacare enrollment stats
Not surprisingly, Obamacare open enrollment has been far more successful in states with their own websites. The administration announced last week that 106,000 Americans had enrolled in exchange-based health insurance plans from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2. The Washington Post reported that “slightly fewer than 27,000 enrollments, or one-fourth of the total, occurred in the 36 states that rely on HealthCare.gov” The remaining enrollments took place in 11 of the 14 states relying on their own websites; some states did not report enrollment figures.
 
If you haven’t even tried to enroll and live in a state with its own website, give it a try. California, Connecticut and Oregon, in particular, are claiming success in the first few weeks of Obamacare open enrollment, reported Kaiser Health News on Nov. 18. Nonetheless, states with fully functioning websites are being impacted by the message that HealthCare.gov’s technical problems are preventing enrollment.
 
Struggling to enroll?
If have run into problems enrolling, read our post “4 Ways to Apply for Health Insurance Amid Cancellation, Obamacare Website Woes” to learn about your options.
 
Visit healthedeals.com to learn more about temporary coverage options or contact a certified and licensed healthedeals.com advisor at 866-645-6630 with questions about the Affordable Care Act.

Jenifer Dorsey is a freelance writer whose specialties include health and fitness, wellness, sports and recreation. She is a competitive amateur track cyclist who also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and other outdoor adventure. Jenifer received a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Naropa University. She lives in Colorado.