404Care.gov: Week One Report


In week one of the 2020 Open Enrollment period, 177,082 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday. Consequently, week one was only two days long this year – from Friday to Saturday.”

This tracks with what we’ve seen in previous years: a big rush up front, then things taper off, and a last-minute flurry as folks actually pull the trigger the last few days of Open Enrollment.

Of course “selecting” a plan doesn’t necessarily mean buying one: just as with eBay and Amazon, people often leave their shopping carts unclaimed. Which we can sort of see in this infographic:

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I must admit that I’m puzzled by what, exactly, “Consumers on Applications Submitted” means.