Anthem Says High Percent Of New ACA Customers Paid First Bill

May 9, 2014

Nearly 90% of the people who signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire have paid their first month’s bill.

Anthem, the only insurance company in the exchange this year, says roughly 35,000 out of the 40,000 who enrolled through are paid up.

That's a higher percent than estimates put out by Republican members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Their report released April 30th stated that just 67% of enrollees nationally had paid their first month’s premium.

During a monthly meeting of New Hampshire’s Health Exchange Advisory Board, Anthem President Lisa Guertin added that 80% of the newly enrolled weren’t previous Anthem customers, suggesting a large portion of sign-ups had been uninsured.

DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas told board members enrollment in Medicaid is up by 9,000 recipients in recent months, which is a larger jump than the state had budgeted.