Skip to main content

Things have stabilized a bit at, as some of the early speculative numbers are starting to settle down into actual, real-world figures.

As a result, as of today, the tally for people who are now covered by by health insurance who weren't prior to the launch of the Exchanges is only a bit higher than it was a few days ago (664,212 to be precise).

It's important to understand that sources and methodology for this sort of tracking is going to vary widely, depending on what exactly it is that you're trying to track (as well as the source, of course). In my case, yes, I'm including Medicaid expansion signups, because ultimately, what matters is people actually getting decent medical care at an affordable price (and certainly Medicaid is affordable for that person).

As a result, you're going to see a VERY wide range of estimates--one very strict tracking source lists the number as only 33,000, while you could also argue the number to be as high as 1 million (the 700,000 applications that the HHS Dept. itself has released, plus another 300,000 or so Medicaid expansion recipients).

Of course, there's other factors to consider--someone creating an account is not the same as someone starting an application, which is not the same as someone completing an application, which is different from having their application approved, which is not the same as signing up for an actual policy, which is not the same as actually paying for their policy.

I should also clear up a bit of confusion about a few states:

--Illinois uses their own website as a gateway to the exchange, as well as for Medicaid signups, but once you answer the 6 questions on their site, you'll be taken to the site to actually sign up for individual/family policies.

--Similarly, New Mexico and Utah use their own site for small businesses to signup for employee coverage, but kick over to the federal site for individual/family policies.

--Finally, Idaho's site appears to serve purely as an information/gateway which kicks over to the federal site for actual signups.

Anyway, to keep my tally going and up to date, I'm STILL looking for people to assist by taking on one or more states.
I have 15 states covered so far, but if you're interested in assisting with one of the other 38 36 34 states available, email me at cgaba (at) brainwrap (dot) com, thanks!

Arizona (page in seattle)
California (ybruti)
Colorado (MotherShipper)
Connecticut (gchaucer2)
District of Columbia
Illinois (gloriasb)
Indiana (Mokurai)
Iowa (gloriasb)
Maryland (dadadata)
Michigan (mistletoe)
Minnesota (Minnesota Deb)
Missouri (gloriasb)
Nevada (CJB)
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York (timmyc)
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon (rsmpdx)
Pennsylvania (pierre9045
Rhode Island (rugbymom)
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas (bastrop)
Washington State (rsmpdx)
West Virginia

In addition, ArcticStones has been extremely helpful with hunting down numbers in a variety of states, thank you!
Update First, thanks to page in seattle and gchaucer2 for crossing Arizona and Connecticut off the list.

Second, to clarify: All I'd be asking people to do is to scour the web/Google/Twitter/Facebook/etc. on a regular basis for anything related to the ACA/Obamacare/the Exchanges that's specific to the state you choose.

In some cases the story itself may be very negative--making fun of only 5 signups in Mississippi (or whatever). That's OK; as long as the source is reliable and the number is accurate, that'll do for now.

Just email me the link to the story, the number and the date and I'll take it from there.

In many cases I'll already have found the same number (or a different one) elsewhere, or from the same source, but it's still helpful to have a 2nd pair of eyes for each state.

Update x2: Thanks to pierre9045 and bastrop for taking on Pennsylvania and Texas, respectively.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site