For 2016, exchange offers anonymous browsing and adult dental
- healthinsurance.org contributor
- November 1, 2015
Open enrollment underway
Open enrollment for 2016 started on November 1, and continues until January 31. Enrollees who want to have coverage effective January 1 must sign up by December 15. Your Health Idaho is a state-run exchange, and is offering a total of 211 health and dental plans for 2016 (adult dental will be offered through Your Health Idaho for the first time in 2016; previously the exchange only sold pediatric dental).
Your Health Idaho used Healthcare.gov’s enrollment platform in 2014, but switched to being a fully state-run exchange in time for the 2015 open enrollment period. Your Health Idaho’s Executive Director Pat Kelly has said that the exchange has been working hard to make sure that round three will be even better than last year, noting that “we’ve worked tirelessly over the last 9 months to improve our technology, make it easier for consumers, and also for those agents and brokers.”
Your Health Idaho debuted anonymous browsing for 2016 plans on their website starting October 1 – a full month ahead of the start of open enrollment. California had already enabled browsing, but Idaho and Maryland became the second and third states to do so in advance of the 2016 open enrollment period. Your Health Idaho didn’t previously have an anonymous browsing tool at all, so this is a big improvement for the exchange.