CMS released the first snapshot for the fifth Open Enrollment period and we have our first look at the number of people signing up for health coverage. Three days of enrollment data is not enough to tell us too much about how the rest of Open Enrollment will go, but once again, it’s clear, that people are ready and eager to sign up for affordable health coverage that protects them and their family when they need it.
This initial snapshot represents the first 3 days of Open Enrollment data (compared to 4 days last year). As a result, it’s not surprising to see fewer sign-ups during “Week 1” of this year compared to last year. We’ve also calculated the daily average for enrollment each year. The daily average provides additional context but it’s also important to take into consideration the days of the week represented in a snapshot. For instance, enrollment is much higher earlier than in the week and people tend to not sign up on Saturdays. This year, two out of three enrollment days included in the snapshot were lower enrollment days; this compares to two out of four last year.
Overall, it’s just too soon to draw any meaningful conclusions from this data aside from the fact that demand remains strong.
Week 1 Open Enrollment Totals