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Yesterday was, as predicted, rather chaotic on the front. This morning, the fun continues with a few more last-minute updates. Also, I made my "final" predictions late last night...which I'm now scrapping in favor of a different type of "final" prediction (see below for more on this).

This morning's updates below the fold:

--Washington State (h/t ArcticStones):

Enrollments in private health plans on Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, surged past 65,000 as applicants hustled to beat the Monday night deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, Washington Health Benefit Exchange officials reported Tuesday.

Nearly 69,000 others have completed the enrollment process, but haven’t arranged payment, and another group of undetermined size has begun applications that are in varying stages of completion.
As of Monday at midnight, about 100,800 people newly eligible for health insurance through the state’s expanded Medicaid program had signed up. Almost half of those were transferring from the now-discontinued Basic Health program or were presumed qualified for a federal assistance program for the disabled. An additional 47,500 enrollments were from those who previously qualified for Medicaid under the old rules — primarily children — but had not been signed up. And more than 88,000 people already covered by Medicaid renewed their eligibility.

For private enrollments, Washington is the only state that distinguishes between "enrolled but not paid yet" and "enrolled and first month's premium paid"; every other state, and the HHS, counts you as being enrolled even if you haven't actually paid yet, so that's the criteria I use, although I did separate out the other 69K on the spreadsheet.

For Medicaid, I'm not counting the 88K since they were just renewals, but the 47.5K do count since they appear to fall into the category of people who were already qualified but didn't know about it until the ACA and the state exchange.

In addition, as in several other states, another 47,000 people are being automatically transferred over to Medicaid proper from an existing state program; this is one of the "orange cells" on the spreadsheet.

Also, h/t to sulthernao, who found the actual WA exchange source that gives the precise numbers.

--Maryland (h/t ArcticStones):

Maryland is up to 11,700 private enrollments. Their site is still a mess, apparently, and they're even considering switching over to the Federal exchange at The irony here speaks for itself.

--Connecticut (h/t ArcticStones):

A total of 62,153 residents have now enrolled in plans that start Jan. 1, with more than 34,000 in private insurance plans and the rest in government-funded Medicaid plans, Access Health CT announced Tuesday. Its goal had been to enroll 60,000 people by the end of December.
The state goal was 60K total by December. The CBO projection was (supposedly) 33K private enrollments by 3/31/14. Doesn't matter; CT has already surpassed both numbers anyway.

--New York:

The WSJ has an article this morning (behind a pay firewall) that claims over 188,000 private enrollments as of Sunday night. However, as awesome as NY has been doing (over 25K on Monday!), this makes no sense, since the officially-announced number is 156K as of Monday night:

Despite some glitches, the state’s health insurance exchange has been one of the few bright spots of the troubled Obamacare rollout. Since the exchange went online Oct. 1, 447,990 New Yorkers have completed their applications for health care and 214,077 have gone on to obtain coverage.

Of the 214,077 people who have enrolled, 156,549 have signed up for private insurance and 57,528 have qualified for Medicaid.

Until I receive confirmation, I'm disregarding the WSJ number as some sort of confused reporting or blending of private & Medicaid (even though that number would be even higher).

--Colorado (h/t ArcticStones):

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 23, 42,771 Coloradans signed up for private health insurance that takes effect January 1, according to a news release from Connect for Health Colorado.

Monday was a record day for shopping volume, with 5,354 Coloradans signing up. Connect for Health Colorado will continue to help people who complete the sign-up process until Friday to receive January 1 coverage. Open enrollment continues until March 31.

--Oregon (h/t lalato):
As of Dec. 23, Cover Oregon had found more than 45,000 people eligible for private health insurance plans. But only a fraction have signed up. According to Cover Oregon, so far more than 12,000 people have enrolled in private insurance plans and more than 24,000 in the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan using the exchange paper application.
Another 100,000 people have enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan using a streamlined process set up by the state to bypass Cover Oregon.
These are the most comprehensive numbers I've seen for Oregon, which has the most screwed up website (thanks, Oracle!) of any state; their problems make the October problems seem like a walk in the park. Anyway, while this update only bumps the private enrollments by 1,000, the Medicaid numbers just shot up by around 50K or so.


CoveredCA, after kicking serious ass for the past few weeks, ran into major technical issues on Monday, the (original) enrollment deadline for January coverage. They had everything working again on Tuesday, but have issued an important message for those who tried but failed to complete their enrollment the day before:

Good evening! If you started an application December 23, but haven't completed it, you now have until Friday, December 27 at 8pm to finish for coverage starting on January 1. However, you cannot complete your application online as part of this extension. Instead, please call our service center at 1-800-300-1506, or work with a Certified Enrollment Counselor or Agent - you can find one at this link. Happy Holidays, and get covered!
Meanwhile, CA is well over 400K private enrollments; I have them up to around 450K on the spreadsheet.

Add 'em all up, and my new current tally is:

1.83 million private enrollments

4.01 million Medicaid/SCHIP expansion

Finally, last night I gave 2 private enrollment predictions: 1.95 - 2.0 million as of midnight last night (the new official enrollment deadline for January) and one for New Year's Eve of 2.3 - 2.35 million.

However, given the ever-changing enrollment deadlines (HHS made it 12/23, then 12/24, and now is saying that, like CoveredCA, they'll "work with" people who were partly enrolled by 12/24 to get them covered for 1/1/14), and the fact that Oregon and Minnesota have extended their own deadlines even further (12/27 for OR; 12/31 for MN), I'm merging both of these into a new, single prediction:

2.1 Million Private Plan Enrollees who will be covered starting January 1st.
Update: OK, one more very tiny update, this time out of...ALASKA??
Enroll Alaska’s Chief operating officer Tyann Boling said Tuesday the insurance brokerage has enrolled more than 700 people thus far. That’s a big step up from November, when the company had signed up only 107 people.
OK, those numbers aren't for all of Alaska, they're just those enrolled through this particular organization, but it's still rather telling. The Nov. 30 total for Alaska as a whole was only 398 people; assuming a similar 7:1 ratio, they should be up to around 2,600 total by now.

Of course, this would really be taken out of the 750,000 "unspecified" enrollees at the bottom of the spreadsheet, but it's still such a tiny number relative to the total that I'm not worrying much about that; it's just amusing to have this one tiny update in the midst of the others.

On a separate note, one of the big new talking points of ACA detractors is "FINE, a lot of people have ENROLLED, but how many have actually PAID???"

Here's a simple response:

1. Actually, Washington State DOES break enrollments out between "enrolled but not paid" and "enrolled and paid". In their case, about 48% of their 134,000 private plan enrollees have fully paid.

Assuming this is a typical spread across the other states, it should be roughly 875,000 enrollees who have paid already.

2. Having said that, I'm not sure I understand why this is such a point of concern. My wife and I fall into the category of "enrolled but not paid yet"...but that's only because BCBSM (Michigan) hasn't happened to actually bill us yet. They will do so on the 28th, and we'll pay. This is pretty typical of a lot of insurance policies. We're still fully enrolled--we have our insurance cards and everything.

If you buy a new car with one of those "$0 down!" deals, you still get to drive the car home that day and the auto dealer still books the sale in their inventory system, so I really don't see what the fuss is about.

Now, having said that, I'm sure that some percentage of enrollees will be deadbeats, but that's typical and expected in any retail, free-market situation. If it's an unusually high percentage, that could be worthy of concern, but is a separate issue from how many are actually enrolled.

The only legitimate issue here I can think of would be if a high percentage of enrollees CAN'T pay because of technical issues between the exchange websites and the insurance company sites in getting their billing/payments processed. That's legit because of the lingering technical problems some sites have, but again, that's yet to be seen.

Meanwhile, the insurance companies are on record as saying that they're willing to accept payments up through January 10th for coverage retroactive to January 1st under the circumstances, so that's still not an issue right now.

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  •  Direct enrollment on health plan websites (17+ / 0-)

    I know for a fact that sme, if not many, health plans allow for direct enrollment on their sites.  You can't get a subsidy doing this, but if you don't qualify for a subsidy, it is a way to direct-enroll with the insurance company of your choice.  I don't think we've seen much, if any, reporting on these numbers.

    Several weeks ago I predicted more than 2 million private enrollee by 3/31.  Based on today's numbers, once all the counting is done and reported, we will probably make that by 1/1/14.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    •  Anecdotal: count two enrolled direct (5+ / 0-)
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      Denver11, jrand, sulthernao, Sylv, duhban

      through an insurance company in Oregon, my wife and son.

      Actually, a lot of people in Oregon may be doing just that. Having been warned by Cover Oregon that they aren't able to process all the paper applications in time for Jan 1 coverage. CO warned people whom they haven't notified of coverage to get it direct from an insurer if they need it by Jan 1.

      I can't help it. I love the state of Texas. It's a harmless perversion. - Molly Ivins

      by rsmpdx on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:19:18 PM PST

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    •  Ah, the devil in the details (2+ / 0-)
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      I believe every state allows 'off-exchange' enrollment. These are plans offered by insurance companies that meet the requirements of ACA, but aren't offered on the state exchange, meaning you can't get a subsidy if you purchase one of these. In WA, for example, by law, the on and off exchange plans are very similar, but not quite identical. People like me who purchase off-exchange have our reasons such as 1) Simpler. My old plan just rolled-over, nothing for me to do to sign up while the state website choked when I entered us as two dudes married (the IRS can't verify this yet because 2013 will be the first year we can file jointly), 2) Slightly better plan. At least in Washington, off-exchange plans seem to offer better provider networks at the same price as on-exchange plans (no, I don't understand why). Whether people purchase on or off-exchange and, importantly, how they switch between them is an important detail that can't be estimated with any current data that I know of. The original CBO projections show 25 million people with 'nongroup' coverage pre-ACA. While the CBO estimates 7 million people will get QHPs through the exchange, the number of nongroup (i.e. off-exchange) decreases by 2 million as people switch between off-exchange and on-exchange plans. I respect Brainwrap's efforts here, but I hope he'll agree that although the 7 million is a great PR number, the real metric is the total number of people uninsured.  In the CBO estimates, the number of uninsured will show, in 2014, a decrease of 14 million (9 million added to Medicaid + 7 million on-exchange - 2 million off-exchange). Even that's just an estimate, not a make-it or break-it number, but you should keep in mind that the decrease in the number of uninsured is the true success metric for ACA. The number of enrollees on-exchange is an important part of that metric, but certainly not the whole story, especially if the estimate of the number of people switching between off and on exchange is way off. Unfortunately it'll be late in 2014 or even 2015 before the full story is understood.

  •  Good Chance for 7 Million by 3/31/14 (13+ / 0-)

    I have been predicting around 5 million total for three or four weeks now but it looks like we now have a good chance to hit 7 million or even more by 3/31/14.  

    One of the new Republican talking points is that the large majority of those people in the individual market who received cancellation notices will lose their insurance.  Of course this is just far right propaganda and common sense would tell us that most of these will or have already rolled into new plans.  The Obama administration is also strongly rebutting this claim but it would sure be nice to see hard core data confirming all this.  Unfortunately, that data may be difficult to compile since the individual market is highly fragmented and data can be difficult to obtain.  

    Also, many of the uninsured who will not be getting subsidies are also certainly signing up in the individual market but are not getting counted in any of these numbers. I believe I saw a survey a month or two ago that suggested that around one of six people who will sign up for insurance will do so through the individual market but, unfortunately I have seen no data confirming this.  

    •  Loud noise is coming in a week or so (2+ / 0-)
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      TofG, duhban

      I am sure the “Obamacare” detractors are well prepared for New Years. Do expect to see newly uninsured stepping forward, shouting loudly that they had their insurance “stolen” by President Obama.

      Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some these freshly uninsured file lawsuits (paid by rich backers) when they need hospital treatment. And ten-to-one says the right-wing loonies will even try to blame a death or two on that Marxist Kenyan impostor in the White House. Sigh!

      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:44:09 PM PST

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  •  Unbelievable (14+ / 0-)

    The only talking point left is that it is short of the CBO projection, which was a rather worthless projection per se.

    Thank you for all of your hard work, standing up during a very difficult time politically when it was all too easy to stay seated.

    President Obama has the amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 10:05:56 AM PST

    •  not that either; CBO was as of 3/31/14 (3+ / 0-)
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      jrand, Calamity Jean, duhban

      and we're not there yet. I'm hoping that the CBO projection turns out to be way lower than the actual 3/31 numbers -- that way more people want and need the coverage that the ACA offers than anyone in Congress was willing to acknowledge, and that while the ACA isn't perfect, for millions of people, it's a whole lot better than any of the available alternatives (including going without).

  •  What would help Big Health Insurance... (7+ / 0-) robust enough job creation and increases in Minimum Wage such that a significant number of households can transition from Medicaid to a subsidized plan on an Exchange.

    I know that's not going to happen anytime soon, but it is illustrative of how the Power Elites are very close to going to war against each other. It's near impossible for new economic rents to be established without them goring some other sector's well established ox.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 10:08:11 AM PST

  •  Count me in! (7+ / 0-)

    Connect for Health Colorado yesterday helped me get signed up for the Medicaid expansion. Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for my wife; she's a non U.S. citizen who's been in this country for only little over two years and she's only eligible after five years permanent residence. So because we are Tricare eligible I'll have to get her enrolled in Tricare Reserve soon.  

  •  Great work ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, ArcticStones

    Been reading your updates to keep up with this, so I can rebuke my right wing friends and family.
    I'm a little confused about the deadlines though.

    People signing up now will be covered Jan 1.
    What's the March 31 deadline for?

    And let's say someone doesn't enroll and goes without insurance. What happens, if they get sick and need to go to ER?

  •  3/31/14 is the end of year one open enrollment (2+ / 0-)
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    in the state and federal Obamacare exchanges.

    Not a doctor, but my understanding is that all ERs still have to accept everybody regardless of citizenship or ability to pay.

  •  Here's my final prediction: (1+ / 0-)
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    People who don't want to buy health insurance are going to continue to resent being forced to buy it unless and until they become catastrophically ill. Thinking people who didn't want to buy a crappy product will see the value in it without becoming ill with a costly to treat ailment is just delusional. Almost NOBODY who is young and healthy is going to see value in being compelled to take on another large monthly expense and you can't expect them to, especially when millions of people are already living paycheck to paycheck before the mandate kicked in. Just because people buy Obamacare, doesn't mean they like Obamacare and what about those in the gap, the most vulnerable? Those folks have been made to support almost the entire sacrifice the austerity hawks demand. I predict Democrats will have to own this in 2014 and perhaps in 2016 and if you see a huge increase in votes for Republicans among the working poor, you'll know why.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:25:27 AM PST

    •  I agree except for a few edits (2+ / 0-)
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      People who don't want to buy health insurance are going to continue to resent being forced to buy it unless and until [they or a family member becomes pregnant or requires any diagnostic tests at a hospital]. Thinking people who didn't want to buy a crappy product will see the value in it without becoming [pregnant or requiring any hospitalization or diagnostic testing] is just [expecting too much of human nature]. Almost NOBODY who is young and healthy [who has never had a serious illness, and who is earning enough not to be eligible for a subsidy] is going to see [enough] value in being compelled to take on another large monthly expense [rather than just wait to enroll until they think they need to] and you can't expect them to [act against their own perceived self interest], especially when millions of people are already living paycheck to paycheck before the mandate kicked in [not that they care what millions of other people are doing]. Just because people buy Obamacare [or even benefit substantially from Obamacare], doesn't mean they like Obamacare and what about those in the gap, the most vulnerable? Those folks [by not voting or voting against their self interest] have been made to [suffer] almost the entire [financial] sacrifice [their Republican governors and legislatures] demand [in their effort to sabotage the ACA]. I predict Democrats will have to own this in 2014 [as they have each and every year since 2009] and [certainly] in 2016 and if you see a huge increase in votes for Republicans among the working poor, you will [always] wonder why [but will not be surprised].

    •  agree except for the "large expense" (1+ / 0-)
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      My premiums are under $10 a month. If I were in the 18-34 age group rather than 50-64, I could have gotten a silver plan for well under $100 a month -- and I earn double what minimum wage workers do.

      So yes, some young healthy and higher-income people (who are high-income but in jobs that do not include health insurance) will find the premiums way too high for their liking, though probably lower than their car insurance or their car payments.

      But many more will discover that the bogey-man that they've been hearing about for the past three years actually turns out to be less expensive and more useful than anyone has told them. (Remember, free birth control. . . .)

    •  Yup, we own it. And the Republicans own (4+ / 0-)
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      jrand, TofG, Toyotabob7, exNYinTX

      their opposition to it.

      I can't help it. I love the state of Texas. It's a harmless perversion. - Molly Ivins

      by rsmpdx on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:19:39 PM PST

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    •  All it takes (3+ / 0-)
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      jrand, Calamity Jean, exNYinTX

      is an auto accident or bad egg salad or, etc. etc.

      Let's see:  jobs bill, unemployment extensions, debt limit fight, Darrel Issa, Ted Cruz, the crap that's going on at the state level in Michigan, South Carolina, Wisconsin...

      Unless a credible socialist alternative party shows up, those of us who are poor or becoming poorer aren't don't gain anything by voting out Democrats.

    •  Yet those same people (1+ / 0-)
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      have no problem paying $100 a month for a cell phone bill or $150 a month for cable/internet.  The priorities in this country are all messed up.  I know more young people at work that spend huge sums of money on cigarettes, cell phones, video games, and alcohol and then complain that our extremely good, fully comprehensive health insurance through our employer at $32/week single or $100/week family is too expensive.

      If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. --- Charles Darwin

      by coracii on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 05:32:37 AM PST

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    •  Worry about Medicaid surge (0+ / 0-)

      I worry that the huge imbalance in Medicaid expansion versus buying privately will lead to successful attacks from the right that this is just another welfare program benefitting "those" people at the expense of "real Americans."  The reason Medicare and SS are so popular is because, being universal, or nearly so, they avoid us vs. them.

  •  Maryland? (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, JamieG from Md

    I'm not sure where she (Erin Cox, Balto Sun) got the 11,700 enrolled number.

    It's not attributed to anyone. Sloppy reportagerie! As far as I know, the figure was not included in any general email to the press. So I think it's time for a grain of salt.

    The Dec 20 update, which totes numbers thru Dec 14, indicated about 7,400 signed up. If 11700 is a real number, then the Maryland exchange added 4,000 in a week.

    Not impossible, but that's more in a week than like the first 7 weeks it was open.

    The Dec 20 update is here  ... They have so many numbers going that I have no idea what they are trying to communicate. They present, but don't explain, the Nov 30 federal numbers.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:50:46 AM PST

  •  Colorado's sign ups were horrid (4+ / 0-)
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    on the cusp, rsmpdx, Calamity Jean, ybruti

    our numbers were in the "worst case" scenarios. This despite a lot of early and generous funds from the feds for setting up our own plans.

    I put a lot of the blame on the way we run our state government in general. Colorado has a funny tax system and we've privatized a lot of government functions. Medicaid was is the bottle neck in our ACA signups and it's run by that private company. Maximus is it's name.

    In CO in order to sign up for our form of the ACA you had to first apply for and be rejected by Medicaid. A stupid idea, a simple test to see if you are eligible for Medicaid would have been more than sufficient. Medicaid in Colorado is very difficult to sign up for, tons of documentation, wait times on phone calls always exceed half an hour, often closer to an hour and the call can be dropped.

    Medicaid is designed to be signed up for with the assistance of a social worker from the county. Forms are in special social worker lingo. Impossible to decipher. People who were simply applying for the ACA  found it almost impossible to make it past the Maximus bottle neck. I'm astounded 40K did. Probably ten or twenty times that  number are eligible.

    We should drop the whole thing and let the feds do it. We should also take back our Medicaid from the private operator, make all systems computerized not paper based, and step on into the 21st century.  

    The IRS and SS both have web sites that are easy to interact with, I don't see why the ACA shouldn't also be a 100% federal program and Medicaid too.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:53:46 AM PST

    •  I don't know (5+ / 0-)

      I was on the phone yesterday with the Connect for Health representative and she was able to help me complete the rest of my Medicaid application. Was able to find out I was Medicaid eligible, though she said they would likely need more documentation for my wife, given she's a non citizen, in addition to finding out she's ineligible due to not being here for five years.

      •  did you get your medicaid card yet? (0+ / 0-)

        I agree connect for colorado is great, nice and helpful people, and they'll do anything they can for you, but.....

        They don't have access to the state Medicaid computer system, only Maximus and the state oversight board does. I'm glad they are now assisting with Medicaid applications, but your app still  has to go through Maximus, and good luck with that.

        About the 5 years.. that was on your sponsorship application when she initially applied to become a permanent resident. As I remember it applies to all forms of federal aid. Food stamps, school lunch, etc.

        I could figure out Medicaid eligibility in about 30 seconds myself, the income guidelines are simple. It's all the documentation for the application that was onerous. If they've dropped the need for authenticated faxes sent from county offices it sure would be a help.

        40K people signed up is very very bad no matter which way it's looked at. If they've made things easier it has been at the last minute. Until they make it easy to sign up, taking nothing more than a 1040 or a signed permission for IRS records they are not going to get the sign ups they should have. Coloradans have a huge demand for health care. We aren't being served.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:18:09 PM PST

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    •  IIRC under ACA, if one is eligible for (1+ / 0-)
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      Medicaid, one is not eligible for Federal Subsidy on private insurance through an exchange.

      Except for people who have income above the maximum income for getting a subsidy, one needs to determine Medicaid eligibility for the applications to be correctly processed.

      Having people eligible for Medicaid getting private insurance thinking they will get a subsidy, only to discover later they don't have a subsidy months or a year later will just be a mess.  Insurance companies wiil demand full payment, and the customer does not have the means to pay in full without the subsidy they were expecting.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:48:49 PM PST

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      •  no reason it has to be more difficult than the (1+ / 0-)
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        federal process is there? The feds only required answers to a few simple questions.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:19:24 PM PST

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  •  "More in a week than the first seven weeks" (5+ / 0-)

    That's completely believable. Look at the graph acasignups, and you'll see that's the trend everywhere. Nationwide, there were around 180,000 signups in the first seven weeks, and around 700,000 signups last week. That's what exponential growth looks like.

  •  Great update, Bw! Lots of details (5+ / 0-)

    emerging from the end-of-year deadline brawl. It's great you and your sleuths are able to collect and collate the data in such a timely way. Kudos for completeness, accuracy and timeliness!.

    At a Xmas eve party last night, I passed around the graph of totals. There were twelve people there, and they were pleased, in some cases surprised, to see the data so up-to-date and nicely presented.

    I can't help it. I love the state of Texas. It's a harmless perversion. - Molly Ivins

    by rsmpdx on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:31:35 PM PST

  •  I've got a great idea (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, Calamity Jean

    Why don't we lobby to have brainwrap run the entire ACA. In my view, he's doing an amazing job.

    Wanting to own a gun is an immediate indicator that you should be the last person to have one.

    by pollbuster on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:08:07 PM PST

  •  Love the statistics! thanks (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I am totally thrilled with the policy I (11+ / 0-)

    got through  The process was a total nightmare, but the final result is a dream come true.  I have free visits for a wellness exam, complete lab blood tests/analysis, and vision exam in early January, and plan to schedule a free hearing exam in early Jan. as well.  Nothing out of pocket.  

    I have minimal co-pays, minimal deductible, minimal scrip co-pays, etc, etc. etc.

    I now have affordable, effective health insurance coverage for the first time in 15 years.

    She told me I could choose anyone I wanted to help me save the planet, so naturally, I chose you.

    by Lavender Menace on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 04:24:33 PM PST

    •  See, this is so huge. (2+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap, Calamity Jean

      I am so happy for you and for all of the others like you.  My neighbor is one of the lucky ones here in Oregon that has actually managed to get through the system.  For the first time, his family of four will have their own health insurance.  He is so amazed and happy!

      Congratulations, to you, Lavender Menace.  Go forth and be well.

      Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

      by CJB on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 05:34:50 PM PST

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  •  All I have is (1+ / 0-)
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    recent news for Nevada.

    Your numbers are still better.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 05:07:53 PM PST

  •  Could I suggest an appropriate Spreadsheet Note (1+ / 0-)
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    for New Jersey? "The New Jersey Governor is a self-infatuated ass who cares only about himself and has refused to spend monies allocated for education and implementation".

  •  The media can change its mind, or not (1+ / 0-)
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    I was definitely hoping that irrefutable ACA enrollment numbers would turn around all the end of year stories that this has been a terrible year for President Obama, mainly due to the horribly botched ACA rollout.  Almost every media outlet does a piece that tries to wrap up the year in review; it's almost obligatory, I suppose.  

    The enrollment numbers to do that are there now, but I don't see the tide turning in the media.  Of course, it would help if the White House gets the latest enrollment figures released ASAP.

    Even if that happens, I won't be surprised if the turnaround in public perception does not happen.  Media figures just don't want to admit they were wrong; even if they realize it, most are not going to come out and say it in print.  

    In the end, I'd rather see this success in reality, as judged by massive, irrefutable numbers, but a public relations failure, rather than vice versa.  


  •  The CBO estimates, (0+ / 0-)

    if referred to, should have the warning that they do not take into account the massive, mindless, ham-fisted GOP opposition & sabotage waged against the PPACA.  

    Modern GOP: Birthers and Deathers Teabaggin' in a widestance on astroturf

    by Wrench44 on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 08:31:23 AM PST

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