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Enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as of 05/01/2014
In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Secretary Sebelius confirmed that Health and Human Services has crunched the numbers on Obamacare enrollment and confirmed  that more than 8 million people have indeed obtained private coverage on the exchanges. That includes 5.4 million on the federal exchanges and 2.6 million on the separate state exchanges. In addition to that, more than 3 million young adults have been added to their family plans, with 4.8 additional enrollments in Medicaid and CHIP programs. In this 8 million, 2.2 million—or 28 percent—are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Additionally, HHS released important state-specific information. Greg Sargent has the highlights from some of the states that are most important to Democrats in November.

In Florida, some 980,000 people are now signed up for private insurance through the federal exchange — up from 442,000 at the end of February. […]

In North Carolina, some 350,000 people have now signed up for coverage through the federal exchange — up from 200,000 at the end of February. […]

In Michigan, some 270,000 people have now signed up for coverage through the federal exchange — up from around 144,000 people at the end of February. On top of that, the Medicaid expansion is kicking in, which will add hundreds of thousands more.

Go below the fold for more highlights on today's numbers.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 8,019,763 people selected Marketplace plans from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, (including additional Special Enrollment Period activity through April 19th). Nearly 2.6 million signed up in the State Based Marketplaces and over 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace. About 3.8 million people, including nearly 1.2 million young adults (ages 18 – 34), enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace plans in the sixth and final reporting period, which began March 2 and concluded on April 19. Those 3.8 million individuals represent nearly 90 percent growth over February’s cumulative enrollment.

Of the more than 8 million:

  • 54 percent are female and 46 percent are male;
  • 34 percent are under age 35;
  • 28 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34;
  • 65 percent selected a Silver plan, while 20 percent selected a Bronze plan; and,
  • 85 percent selected a plan with financial assistance.
The administration is not taking the House Republicans' bait on the whole "but have they paid yet?" question, other than to say they are "interested in accurate and reliable data,"  and at this point they don't anticipate having that data until later this year, implying a comparisons to the inaccurate and unreliable data the Republicans are pushing.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 01, 2014 at 11:51 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (36+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu May 01, 2014 at 11:51:07 AM PDT

  •  It's like the ocean (7+ / 0-)

    at some point the Republicans will have to swim or drown, I hope they drown.

  •  Florida number is huge. Charlie Crist pounces!! (27+ / 0-)

    From Greg Sargent:

    In a statement emailed my way, Crist said:

    “This is great! Despite every obstacle to health care that Rick Scott put up, almost one million Floridians now have affordable health coverage, and even more Floridians would have coverage today if he had accepted federal funding for Medicaid or set up a state based exchange. If Rick Scott had his way, Floridians would be losing their health care because of coverage caps and unable to find affordable care because of pre-existing conditions.”
    •  Have a relative in FL who needs Medicaid expansion (10+ / 0-)

      Why are the GOP so set on murdering Americans who make less than the official poverty line?

      Why are the GOP so set on keeping Americans in poverty by refusing to raise the minimum wage to above the poverty line for people working full time?

      Why are the GOP so set on eliminating food stamps?

      Why are the GOP so set on destroying the lives of children of parents who live at the poverty line or below?

      At the same time as they proudly proclaim themselves to be "pro-life". A term that can only be described as cruelly Orwellian.

      Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

      by coral on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:21:15 PM PDT

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    •  Daughter in Florida (6+ / 0-)

      Her husband is self employed recently, she newly with a job that will have insurance in a month or two.  She is on maternity leave now - baby boy (via home birth with midwife paid in advance) is nearly 6 weeks old.  

      I tried to encourage them to look at the federal exchange, but because they expected to be able to have her employer insurance when she returned to work, they are both now uninsured.  They are in rural central Florida so lean anti Obama admistration.

      Son in Law had a heart attack (40 years old) Tuesday night and had a triple bypass today.  Hospital said not to worry, Medicaid will cover it.  Not so sure about the reliability of the surgery being paid for, but he is now out of surgery with no complications. Otherwise, they will join the majority of people with bankruptcies due to medical bills.

      Myself, I start Medicare and Social Security today!

      •  I'm glad he's ok, and hope he will be and also (1+ / 0-)
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        I am sorry to admit that I wish his right leaning self had a bit of a scare that it might not be covered. I wish they said "well unfortunately Florida decided not to expand Medicaid so this won't be covered. It's unfortunate they refused that."

        Then of course it would work out in the end that Medicaid would cover it in full after all.

        See, it is hard to hear when people reap the rewards of the social safety net yet do not support it at all. Such people who'd vote Republican likely believe, therefore, that someone like me is a "taker" and should have my SNAP cut. They vote for people who'd want to basically kill me and millions like me

        So I like them to have a taste at the appropriate level of what it's like.

        Sorry if that seems mean at your family. I have loved ones in the place of their life threatened because of how such people vote and believe.

        Again I hope for a speedy and complete recovery. Your daughter is in such a vulnerable place with a baby, I hope they feel that they are well supported by the social safety net eventually so they learn THAT is what it is THERE for.

        •  first "they" meaning the hospital (1+ / 0-)
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          ie I'd like if the hospital at first said it wouldn't be covered and why, period. And let that marinate for a few hours. Then later they could find out they were covered, perhaps the same day

          Perhaps this could happen when he was out of danger of course out of hospital .

          My fantasy each time Republicans use the social safety net but would deny it to others. That they have a Temporary Taste of what it is to walk in other's shoes.

        •  I tried (0+ / 0-)

          to give them the information without too much push.  We went through 5 years or so in her 20s that she would have nothing to do with me, I still don't know why, so it was very emotional for me. So we mostly avoided politics - they lean tea party-libertarian.  SIL was interested/amazed that the ACA allowed kids to remain on family ins until 26, and I think other facts I pointed out.  I was just planting a seed at that point.

          I was able to spend 3 weeks with them before and after the birth which I will treasure.  The baby has two half-sisters who are 11 and 15 that were there for the birth, as was I. They are covered under their mother's employer ins.  The 15 year old kept track of the contractions and timing for the duration with an Iphone app.  Coincidentally, the midwife had made a presentation about such matters in her HS health class a few days earlier.

          I completely agree with your comments.

  •  Bye bye, Baseball! (7+ / 0-)

    It's out of here, a home run for Obamacare. Yeah, the Republicans are going to have to find ways to distort and lie about this but man these are amazing numbers. And every time they lie the President or his people need to hit them back with FACTS. The facts are on our side. We can't be afraid to use them as both a shield and a weapon.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:05:28 PM PDT

  •  The Republicans (5+ / 0-)

    will be so pissed off at this report about the success of the ACA that they will be home pulling the hairs out of their nut-sacks....

  •  Does the 8 million "marketplace" figure include (3+ / 0-)
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    Both the website and people who signed up directly with insurance companies. Just curious.

  •  Sorry it doesn't matter how much good the ACA does (1+ / 0-)
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    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:21:25 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone know how many of those 8 million (0+ / 0-)

    are people who did not have any insurance before, as opposed to people who had insurance but lost it due to the new ACA requirements and just signed up to replace their existing coverage?   In short, if the purpose of the ACA was to help people with no insurance get insured, is that purpose being met?

    I haven't seen this question answered, anywhere.  

    If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

    by SpamNunn on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:22:49 PM PDT

    •  I don't know that answer, but would guess (1+ / 0-)
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      the percentage of adult subscribers who lost their coverage and re-signed would, in worst case, be well shy of half the total of adult enrollees.  I don't believe policy cancellations due to ACA ineligibility are that high-incidence.  However, I carefully used the word "believe" there and welcome anyone (Brainwrap perhaps) with more direct knowledge to correct me.

      Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

      by Jon Sitzman on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:34:40 PM PDT

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      •  Anecdotal example (2+ / 0-)
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        My (non adult) son's private (not work-based) plan with BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon was cancelled. It was previously $114/month. The bronze plan they tried to laterally move him to was more expensive each month, with worse coverage (higher copays, higher deductible, etc) and did not include dental coverage. When I spoke to BlueCross about it, I was told they would no longer be offering dental coverage options to minors at all.

        When Oregon insurance companies were given the opportunity to keep their 2013 plans for 2014, I will guiltily admit here that I decided to keep my son's non-ACA-compliant plan for one more year, because I couldn't afford the bronze OR silver plan for him (plus needing to find new dental coverage now, too, for additional expense. Sigh.)  

        Based on my family size (2) and income (38k/year), we can be expected to pay $330 a month to cover both of us before any subsidies kick in. I have insurance through my work and the premium is 100% paid by the company, but adding kiddo to it is $325 a month-- about $200 a month more than I can afford. Gotta love student loan payments and daycare expense taking up half of my take-home income each month.

        We are all students and teachers. I often ask myself: "What did I come here to learn, and what did I come to teach?"

        by nerafinator on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:10:22 PM PDT

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        •  PS- (3+ / 0-)
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          To be clear, despite my personal ACA woes, I am VERY glad about the tons of people who are able to get covered for the first time, and for people whose insurance will be more affordable. I know a family of five (2 parents, 3 kids) who were paying over 1k a month for their health insurance, which is almost 1/4 of their annual income. That will be cut in half now. Those sorts of stories make me very, very happy and thankful for the ACA :)

          We are all students and teachers. I often ask myself: "What did I come here to learn, and what did I come to teach?"

          by nerafinator on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:13:04 PM PDT

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          •  How many "tons" of people are getting covered (1+ / 0-)
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            for the first time?  That's a fair question that I have seen no answer to.  

            If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

            by SpamNunn on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:23:50 PM PDT

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            •  Look at the age range. (0+ / 0-)

              I'd bet the very young and the just-shy-of-Medicare-age elders are the most numerous representatives of the newly covered.  (First time coverage may be an incorrect term in the case of the elderly, but they may have been dropped from coverage by insurance companies previously due to their risk/cost.  I have an anecdotal example of that from my own life-space.)

              Again, hard data from an experienced seeker would be welcome; I only speculate.

              Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

              by Jon Sitzman on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:28:13 PM PDT

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            •  A very good question! (0+ / 0-)

              I wish I had an answer to that. In states that welcome medicare expansion, I would guess it's probably a goodly number. There are so many working people who make just a bit too much to have been eligible for Medicare previously, but who don't have employer-based coverage available either (or it's available, but extremely expensive and out of reach for, say, a receptionist making $12/hour).

              We are all students and teachers. I often ask myself: "What did I come here to learn, and what did I come to teach?"

              by nerafinator on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:44:21 PM PDT

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            •  Now we cannot be refused: so ALL are first time (0+ / 0-)

              Because for the first time, all insurance is guaranteed, no medical questions, no risk of being dropped, etc, I would say that we ALL are covered for the first time now, whether we had 'coverage' before or not.

              As ALL previous private plans could discriminate, or could drop us when we exceeded a lifetime max, previously, in private market we had only pretend insurance before.

              Thanks Democrats! My Obamacare is permanent coverage no one can take away - and saving $3,000 is nice too

              by sotiredofusernames on Thu May 01, 2014 at 08:03:52 PM PDT

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    •  9.3 million, +/- (1+ / 0-)
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      Here's the

      Rand study.

      That includes Medicaid, the exchanges, and direct purchases. It's net, not gross change.

      I think most of those who replaced old coverage did it because it was crap, not because it was cancelled. Better to get subsidized decent plans. So the number who have decent plans has gone up more than the number with any plan.

      Michael Weissman UID 197542

      by docmidwest on Thu May 01, 2014 at 02:51:07 PM PDT

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  •  I need ACA CA help! (0+ / 0-)

    We had a couple lean nears. The ACA enrolled my kid in medi-Cal. Yay!

    Except this year is going to be a nice, fat year. We won't qualify for medical any longer. Do I withdraw him, and enroll him in the ACA? Isn't he meant to be covered on our insurance anyway, until he's 24 or 26? Am I going to have to switch him from Blue Cross to medical and back, every time my income fluctuates?

    Thanks for any help.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:24:53 PM PDT

    •  While I'm probably not the best to respond (1+ / 0-)
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      I'll give my few tidbits.

      Isn't he meant to be covered on our insurance anyway, until he's 24 or 26?
      He can, but doesn't have to, until he's 26. (And I must say I'm not sure if that's 26 on Jan. 1 of the year in question, or by Dec. 31, or exactly when.)

      As far as putting/keeping him on your insurance, my guess would be to see which way (on yours v. on his own) comes out better in the aggregate (i.e., including any subsidies for you and/or him) and play it that way.

      Regarding a fluctuating income...I'd better not even speculate on that.

      My apologies for not being more useful; I just hated for you not to have any responses yet when I knew a little that might help.

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:39:56 PM PDT

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  •  When I look at that graphic the first thought that (6+ / 0-)
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    celdd, bartcopfan, doroma, Matt Z, begone, kurt

    comes to my mind is the number of lives potentially saved by this administration versus the number of lives ended by the previous one.

    If that simple fact alone can't get a bunch of Dems off their damn couches and to the polls a couple times a year I don't know what will.

    You wouldn't let a child near your porn stash; don't let 'em near your gun stash.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:27:09 PM PDT

  •  Just paid Colorado.... (2+ / 0-)
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    sotiredofusernames, Shawn87

    A $550 policy for $300...!!!!! have to be an idiot beyond all infinite idiots not to sign up...and the younger you are, the cheaper it gets....!!!

    Texas and Florida and Georgia and Tennessee and Wisconsin are just flat out idiots beyond belief...!!!!

  •  Cigna announced today that enrollments from the (2+ / 0-)
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    exchanges are 20% higher than they forecast, and the age mix of enrollees was consistent with forecasts. The company also said they are looking at entering additional state marketplaces in 2014. They see good opportunities ahead in the ACA marketplace.

  •  Success of Obamacare (2+ / 0-)
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    There is nothing more for the Republican's to do. If they would have supported the ACA, they would be in a much better position. I was there in 2010 at the inception of the so called" Obamacare". For some reason, I have never called it that even in the beginning. It is the ACA, or Affordable Care Act. I am very proud to say that I have been able to sign a copy of the finished document of the ACA, due to my contributions and the  many,many times I pushed this into people's faces and said read and sign. I have my copy to cherish for the rest of my life. I feel proud of the other people that did exactly the same thing along side me. It worked, over 8 million times it worked. And it still is working. The people that did what I did since 2010 are people that I do not know, but have a bond with President Obama that says in the end, that we did it. Talking about the ACA was easy, convincing people that it would be the law of the land was a totally different thing,altogether. But when I signed my name on a document with the President, back in 2010 it yelled success. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Together, we reduced the cost of care. We established the toughest patient protections in history. And we achieved the dream of generations--high-quality,affordable health care is no longer the privilege of a few,but the right of all. Who believed that people who love this country can change it.
    Thank you President Obama for giving me the opportunity to sign my name next to yours on March 23,2010. We had that much confidence that it would work and it has.  This is my lifetime achievement and I never knew that I would be a part of something as great as this.  

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