One big question for agents and brokers is what the new individual major medical open enrollment period system will do to "nap period" sales of other types of insurance products.
Regulators, exchanges and insurers required most consumers to buy individual coverage during a period that started Oct. 1, 2013, and ended in mid-April in most of the country, to keep consumers from waiting until they get sick to buy coverage. The ordinary enrollment cut-off does not apply to group health coverage, dental coverage, vision coverage, short-term medical insurance, disability insurance, long-term care insurance, critical illness insurance or hospital indemnity insurance. The cut-off certainly does not apply to life insurance or property-casualty insurance.
The second quarter lasts from April 1 through June 30. Most of that quarter fell outside the individual major medical open enrollment period, and outside the period of time when the public exchanges and exchange plan issuers were blanketing the country with television ads, radio ads, print ads, billboards and digital ads telling consumers, to "Get covered."
At Health Insurance Innovations, the number of short-term medical policies and hospital indemnity policies sold increased to 58,092, up 65 percent from the total for the second quarter of 2013. The number of "ancillary product" policies sold increased 225 percent, to 33,854. The company's ancillary product category includes critical illness insurance and dental plans.