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Maine Obamacare enrollments still dismal

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The number of Mainers choosing Obamacare plans at the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website is still well below expectations, according to a Tuesday report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Just 1,747 Mainers — or 0.13 percent on Maine’s population — have picked an insurance plan, according to the DHHS report for the months of October and November. That number includes people who have not actually paid their first premium. While its an improvement from October’s total of 271, it’s still far below expectation.

All told, 12,667 Mainers were deemed eligible for a healthcare.gov plan. This number reflects only those who have completed an application and been found eligible for any plan at healthcare.gov. It includes individuals who had not selected a plan as of Nov. 30 and may never select a plan.

5,945 Mainers completed an application in the last two months, are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, and are also eligible for federal subsidies, according to DHHS. That means 5,945 Mainers looking for insurance in the last two months can get subsidies to help them pay for high-priced plans offered at healthcare.gov.

1,079 are eligible for Medicaid, according to DHHS. This means 1,079 Mainers went shopping for private insurance but discovered they’re eligible for free medical welfare under MaineCare.

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Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, outlawed certain insurance plans, leading to the cancellation of more than 10,000 Mainer’s plans. But last month, the Maine Bureau of Insurance ruled, in accordance with President Barack Obama’s unilateral policy directive, that individual insurance carriers may violate the Obamacare law and offer plans they had previously cancelled for another year.

Despite a nearly six-fold improvement in Obamacare enrollments, the number of Mainers whose insurance has been cancelled or thrown into uncertainty is still far greater than the number who have picked new plans on the exchanges.

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You can find DHHS’ report here.

About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson is the former editor of The Maine Wire and currently producer for the Howie Carr Show. Follow him on Twitter @Stevie_Rob or send him an email at Steve@HowieCarrShow.com.

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