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As of today, the tally now stands at 941,458.
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.

In addition, I've chosen to include completed applications for healthcare plans, even if they haven't actually been enrolled yet. You could certainly argue that I shouldn't count it, but frankly, so many of the articles/sources I'm using fail to make that distinction either that I grew tired of trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

As a result, you're going to see a VERY wide range of estimates--one very strict (and openly anti-ACA) tracking source,, lists the number as only about 36,000. Another, the Advisory Board Company, puts the number at 116,000, but with 365,000 applications.

On the flip side, a lot of the sources are failing to distinguish between households and people. Given that the average size of a household in the U.S. is 2.6 people, that means that some of the numbers reported could conceivably be more than twice as high.

The question of whether to include Medicaid/SCHIP numbers is important from an economic viability standpoint (ie, the HHS Dept. supposedly needs 7 million people to actually sign up for paid healthcare policies via the exchanges to keep the program afloat...with a good 1/3 of those being young/healthy types). However, for my purposes, I'm looking at this from a human perspective, namely: Prior to the ACA, there were about 50 million people in the country without healthcare coverage. How many people who weren't previously covered are now thanks to the ACA?

So, from that perspective, including Medicaid/SCHIP does make sense, and I'll continue to do so for the time being.

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 18 states covered so far, but if you're interested in assisting with one of the other 30+ states available, email me at cgaba (at) brainwrap (dot) com, thanks!

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.

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

Again, I also want to extend a special thanks to ArcticStones, who has provided a dozen fresh sources for various states in the past few days.
Oh, one more thing: Mazel Tov to AlanM and family for being the first ones listed in the Missouri tally!
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  •  Beautifully Compiled..... (8+ / 0-)

    Thank you so much for the update!

  •  As of 10/31 (6+ / 0-)

    Here's Connecticut's stats:

    Access Health CT, Connecticut’s public health exchange, on Friday released figures showing that 7,615 people enrolled for coverage — nearly half qualifying for Medicaid — since the exchange opened for business on Oct. 1.

    Among the enrollees, 47 percent qualified for Medicaid and 53 percent signed up for private health insurance plans. Medicaid is funded through a combination of federal and state funds.

    . . . .

    That means the total number of people to enroll through the exchange so far is 7,921, or 2.3 percent of Connecticut’s 344,000 uninsured as estimated by Access Health CT.

    Hartford Courant

    Of course, everytime the federally site crashes re: verification -- the State sites get dinged.  It happened 2x this past week.

    I'm guessing there's lots of folks like me -- still perusing plans and/or trying to figure out the income part if self-employed.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 01:19:57 PM PDT

    •  Income estimate vs. actual (3+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md, myboo, sulthernao

      My income fluctuates so I had to figure out what to put down, knowing that they were going to verify it against 2012 tax returns (doesn't have to be exactly the same, but same range, I gather).

      There turned out to be two safety provisions: 1. I tried out different numbers, and it turned out they didn't make any difference in the subsidy I was offered for the bronze plans I was leaning toward. So I went with the middle one.

      2. It's only a good faith estimate anyway. When you do your 2014 tax return, in the winter of 2015, there will be a reconciliation form. It's your choice whether to err on the side of declaring low estimated income / larger subsidy (in which case you may have to pay back some of the subsidy if you actually earn more), or estimate higher income / smaller subsidy, and if your actual comes out lower, you get the remaining subsidy as a tax credit.

      What this says to me is, don't sweat the income issue too hard. Put down a number that seems reasonable and defensible given your past patterns, and sort it out when you do your tax return 15 months from now.

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