Like so many other states, Colorado and Minnesota are seeing vastly more enrollments in Medicaid than in private insurance plans since the Obamacare exchanges went live on October 1.
In a press release yesterday, Connect for Health Colorado, the Centennial State’s exchange, said it had 3,408 enrollments in private health insurance through October. MNSure, Minnesota’s state-run exchange, claims 1,774 people through November 2 have selected a private plan and payment option.
However, both states reported much higher Medicaid enrollment numbers.
Colorado says it has had 34,168 Medicaid enrollments, a figure the state reached by combining the 24,935 who have applied for expanded Medicaid and the 9,233 who were on a wait-list for a program that provided coverage to extremely low-income Coloradans without children.
Minnesota reports that a total of 9,166 people have signed up for its two publicly funded health-care programs, Medical Assistance—the state’s Medicaid program—and MinnesotaCare.