Saturday, November 9, 2013

ObamaCare Exchanges Participants are 25% Older than Current Participants

Not only are the few brave souls who have muddled throughout the hours of techno-nightmares to access their ObamaCare undoubtedly sicker than average, but now we are learning they are significantly older as well.  

The Wall Street Journal reports that the ObamaCare Exchanges are increasing the average age in risk pools by 25%: 

The average enrollee age at Priority Health, a Michigan insurer, has ticked up to age 51 for newcomers, from about 41 years old for plans offered for the current year, said Joan Budden, chief marketing officer. Arise Health Plan, Wisconsin's largest nonprofit insurer, said more than half its 150 signees are over 50, a higher proportion than expected, while declining to be specific on its target age….

In states that are running their own marketplaces and have seen smoother rollouts, officials are now also reporting a similar phenomenon, suggesting the economics of the law play a role, too. In Connecticut and Kentucky, which have enrolled more than 4,000 people each in private health plans so far, the largest segments of enrollees in new commercial health-law plans are over age 55, much older than industry actuaries say they had anticipated. Each state ultimately expects to register several hundred thousand people in their exchanges.

Age expectations for enrollees vary by market, but one adviser and several insurers said an average age of around 40 would be a typical target.

The more difficult it is for a person to sign up, "the more danger there is of having a bad risk pool," said Jim Whisler, an actuary for Deloitte Consulting LLP, which advises health plans participating in the marketplaces. "Indications to date are that that is playing out," he said.