Boston (AP) — A record number of residents have enrolled in the Massachusetts Health Connector during the open enrollment period.
Officials said more than 312,000 people now have access to affordable health care through the connector.
Officials credited the high number with the fact that 91% of 2019 members decided to return, combined with the enrollment of about 57,000 new members who signed up for coverage during open enrollment,
The open enrollment period started Nov. 1 and ran through Jan. 23.
Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said the strong enrollment number “illustrates that people in Massachusetts continue to look for access to affordable health and dental care.”
Officials said the Massachusetts Health Connector is the only state health insurance exchange in the country to add membership every year since the federal Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014.
Health officials said that about 97% of Massachusetts residents have health insurance.
Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez said the promotion of competition between carriers has allowed the Health Connector to offer the lowest premiums of any exchange in the nation.
As of February, about 104,000 people also have dental coverage through the connector, including 22,000 people who purchase only dental insurance on the exchange.