After two months of open enrollment for Obamacare, only 7,043 Illinoisans have "selected" policies. However, the figures released Wednesday still leave unclear how many people actually bought plans. The data include individuals who paid their first month's premium and those who have "selected" a plan on the exchange but have not yet paid and therefore officially signed up.
In Illinois, 67,616 completed applications in November, up from 56,636 in October. Through the two months, 28,689 were determined eligible for some type of subsidy to purchase a private plan, and more than 30,000 others were determined eligible for Medicaid, the taxpayer-funded health insurance program.
The State of Illinois has separately accepted applications from roughly 82,000 Illinoisans via its own website, abe.illinois.gov. State officials say those figures likely contain some overlap. In all, the state has received more than 206,000 new Medicaid applications through its website, a mailed application to food stamp recipients and an early expansion of the program in Cook County.