November 1st, 2017 BY HealthNetwork
Residents in The Equality State live in the 10th largest state by area and the lowest in population. Wyoming leans right and has traditionally supported Republican candidates for public office, particularly the presidency. Every presidential election, with the exception of 1964, has gone to a Republican candidate. The state currently has a Republican governor, and their senators and congressional representative are all Republicans as well. Wyoming was one of the states to challenge the Affordable Care Act during its initial Supreme Court debacle, and the state has not expanded Medicaid under Obamacare guidelines.
Enrollment through the Years
Wyoming uses the federal marketplace for enrollment in Obamacare plans. Since 2015, the state has seen an increase in the number of people signing up for coverage through the marketplace.
- 21,092 people enrolled in 2015
- 23,770 people enrolled in 2016
- 24,826 people enrolled in 2017
In 2017, there were 6,463 new enrollees in an Obamacare marketplace plan. The remaining 18,363 people who signed up re-enrolled from the previous year. Exchange customers in Wyoming tend to be younger. The 18-34 demographic had the highest enrollment tally in 2017.
Cost assistance is available to eligible enrollees who choose a plan on the marketplace, typically those earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty limit. In 2017, 89 percent of people who enrolled in a marketplace plan in Wyoming received cost assistance in the form of federal subsidies, which reduce the cost of monthly premiums.
For certain enrollees – those earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty limit – cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are also available if they choose a silver-level health plan. In 2017, 54 percent of Wyoming exchange customers received CSRs.
Carrier Participation & Plan Availability
Wyomingites have just one carrier option in the marketplace for 2018, the same number they had in 2017. This plan year, there were 690 plans offered by a single carrier across the state. This does not mean that every county in Wyoming has the same options for health insurance. Plan availability varies by county even in states that only have one carrier.
Note: The information provided on this page is constantly being updated with the latest statistical data available. Check back soon for updates.