BOSTON — More than 72,000 people enrolled in new health-insurance plans with the Massachusetts Health Connector during Open Enrollment 2024, which ended on Jan. 23. This is the largest number of new enrollments in a decade, continuing a rapid increase in overall Health Connector enrollment, which has surged by 40% in the last year.
Since February 2023, Health Connector individual health-coverage enrollment has grown from 209,000 to 294,000, a total increase of 85,000. Contributing to the surge in enrollment was this year’s historic ConnectorCare expansion, increasing the eligibility limit from 300% of the federal poverty level to 500%. During this year’s Open Enrollment, more than 43,000 current and new members moved into these new ConnectorCare plans. The Health Connector currently delivers individual (non-group) or small-business health insurance and dental coverage to more than 335,000 Massachusetts residents.
The ongoing Medicaid redetermination process with MassHealth also continued to propel enrollment, with more than 25,000 people entering Health Connector coverage in January or February 2024 from MassHealth. Since redeterminations began in April 2023, more than 90,000 people have transitioned to Health Connector coverage after being no longer eligible for MassHealth.
“Massachusetts has been a national leader in health coverage for nearly 20 years, and we’re so pleased to see even more people than ever before signing up for affordable health coverage through the Health Connector this Open Enrollment,” said Audrey Morse Gasteier, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. “We look forward this year to continuing to be there for and covering Massachusetts residents when they need high-quality, affordable health insurance if they are no longer eligible for MassHealth, are new to Massachusetts, or need coverage for any reason.”