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A couple more small updates this evening:

Minnesota: Nominal private increase; Medicaid up 10%

Pretty slim pickings hereon the private enrollment front (up just 141 assuming "slightly more than 26K" = 26,001), but the Medicaid number is up 9.6% to 45,981.

Despite MNsure's problems, so far 71,982 people have signed up for insurance coverage through the exchange. According to newly released demographic details, 53 percent are women and the median age is 48. The largest number signed up for mid-level "silver" plans — about 35 percent of total enrollees. Of those nearly 72,000 enrollees, slightly more than 26,000 signed up for private insurance while the rest are on public plans.

Massachusetts: Up 24% in 8 days, but don't get too excited...

The prior MA update was extremely confusing; this one is more straightforward but is still pretty fuzzy. As far as I can tell, Massachusetts increased their private enrollments by 24% from Dec. 30 to Jan. 7...but that only brings them up from 3,759 to 4,676. There's another 22,000 or so enrollments in semi-limbo which appear to be approved but not fully processed due to the technical problems they continue to have.

The Republican/ previously reported that as of Dec. 30, only 497 people were enrolled in permanent subsidized health insurance plans. The state was providing temporary insurance for another 22,000 new enrollees while it worked to process their applications. The state had extended coverage for existing customers of its Commonwealth Care plans through March 31.

Lefferts said that as of Jan. 7, 4,676 people enrolled in both subsidized and unsubsidized plans through the Health Connector, up from 3,759 as of Dec. 30. He did not have a breakdown of how many of those were subsidized. Individuals whose plans are not subsidized have until Friday to pay their premiums, so that number is likely to tick up.

In addition, the site has some additional features added as of today:

--I've added Site Search to the right-hand side

--I've also added tag links for all 50 states (+DC) for quick access to any entries for that state (note that I still have to back-fill most entries from before Christmas, so most states will only have 1 entry)

--I've added quick-share links to each entry for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

--I've added a Files/Reports page with direct links to assorted PDF reports from CMS, HHS, CBO, etc. (including the mysterious CMS state-by-state projection report)

--I've added a standard contact form in addition to the update submission form

--Finally, on the spreadsheet itself you'll see a brand-new column: Under 26ers on their Parents Plan! I was able to break this down state-by-state based on the HHS (which is actually from June 2012 and should really be updated by HHS...)

Adding this to the actual spreadsheet allows me to keep a running full total tally of all 4 categories (Private/Exchange; Private/Direct; Medicaid/CHIP and Sub26ers.

Believe it or not, there's actually a fifth category which I'm not even going to try getting into: Small Business exchange enrollments. That gets really deep into the weeds.

Anyway, comments welcome!

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  •  So close to 10 million! (7+ / 0-)

    So close in fact, that the figure was used on TV yesterday, but I missed who said it.

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:30:50 PM PST

  •  Regarding Mass (5+ / 0-)

    I thought Mass already had something like 97% insured thanks to Romneycare, so their tiny totals aren't exactly surprising.

  •  Do we know "people" vs. "policies"? (5+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, hulibow, kaliope, jj32, True North

    When a state says "100," is that 100 policies (many of which cover more than one person, i.e. a couple or family unit) or 100 individuals? It seems like an obvious question but I haven't seen any clarity on what they're reporting.

    If these are "policies issued," the actual number of people covered could be 2-3x. That would be spectacular.

  •  Your doing a fantastic service for us! Thx. (4+ / 0-)

    Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings. —Nelson Mandela

    by kaliope on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 07:42:51 PM PST

  •  In MA, I was pushed from CCare to a private plan.. (2+ / 0-)
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    rsmpdx, worldlotus

    Doctors visits go from $0 fee to $15/visit, and emergency room goes from $0 to $100/visit. Medication goes from $1/refill to $3. I did get to keep MY doctor, who I like very much.

    Of course MA has its own set of seriously fucked up policies, not ACA so much, but others.

    Example: I'm my 83yr old father's caregiver, he's had 2 strokes, can't drive can't cook, etc. We could always put him in a nursing home and cost the taxpayers $400/day.

    But that's not what he wants and frankly, I wouldn't put a dog I didn't like in a nursing home in this country.

    So I'm his full time caregiver. The state of MA will pay a TOTAL STRANGER $1,190/mo for this service ... however, they will not pay a family member $1. Just a personal pet peeve of mine. You realize that little bits in the law to fuck with people are there because we have yet to rid MA COMPLETELY of the stain on humanity that is... Republicans. So even in MA they get to slip in an occasional "stick it to the less fortunate" to meet their quota of daily asshole.

    I stopped working and live off savings and even a portion of such a subsidy would come in handy. But , ah no. I could actually qualify for SNAP, well until they cut snap now I prolly can't and frankly I'd rather the support go to families with children before myself anyway.

    But at least the healthcare issue hasn't been a problem for a few years now. Of course Dental isn't covered, so the filings and a root canal I've needed came completely out of pocket, but at least cleanings ARE covered.

    And since the private plan has ZERO dental, the Mass Health dental coverage is still in effect, even though the medical part is now shifted to the private ACA subsidized plan.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I CHOSE to be in this situation, I'm a very good engineer and can go back and earn if it was critical. I have chosen to take care of my dad to keep him in his home where he'd like to live out his life. I've had friends have to put relatives in nursing home care, and we have had family that had to go in years ago. I just can't imagine letting my dad end up in one.

    So we are in fact very fortunate to be able to have our situation. I can only imagine the pain and difficulty all the people out there for whom this stuff is NOT AN OPTION feel. Of course that is because I'm a Democrat and actually feel empathy.

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