States post exchange activity data
By Allison Bell
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued an update on its balky HealthCare.gov enrollment but once again declined to offer actual numbers.
CMS officials have said only that about 350,000 users have completed the process of determining whether they’re even eligible for Medicaid or for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Julie Battaille, a CMS spokeswoman, took some time to sidestep a question about why CMS had taken a much-discussed photo of Adrian, off its site over the weekend, but, in response to a question about HealthCare.gov activity, she said only that consumers have submitted about 700,000 applications for coverage through all state and federal exchange systems.
When a reporter from CBS asked her about the chain of command of officials in charge of HealthCare.gov, Battaille said only that the CMS administrator is in charge of HealthCare.gov and that, “We have a plan to fix the website.”
The exchange plan open enrollment period began Oct. 1 and is set to end March 31.
Here is a look at new state-based exchange enrollment site activity data:
- Kentucky: The Kynect exchange says that, as of Thursday, 51,482 consumers had started applications and 26,174 consumers enrolled in either Medicaid or private exchange plans.
- Maryland: The Maryland Health Connection says that, as of Wednesday, about 27,204 residents had gone through financial assistance eligibility testing, and 3,186 residents had enrolled in coverage through the exchange of site.
- New York: The NY State of Health exchange says that, as of Wednesday, 174,000 state residents had completed the full exchange application process, while 37,030 residents had used the exchange program to fully enroll in coverage.
- Rhode Island: The HealthSource RI exchange says that, during the week of Oct. 20, residents used the exchange to create 2,206 accounts, up from 1,764 the previous week. The number of applications processed increased to 1,110, from 951.
- Utah: The Avenue H exchange -- an exchange that predates PPACA -- says it will be serving a total of 358 groups Nov. 13, up from 357 Oct. 13 and up from 356 Sept. 13. The number of small-group renewals is on track to be to 16, down from 20 Oct. 13 and up from 14 Sept. 13. The exchange expects to see one small-group non-renewal. It received four non-renewals in October and 1 in September.