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Showing posts with label ACA Enrollment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ACA Enrollment. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THE GRAPH: 7.1 Million Even After Non Operational Website ForTwo Months

THE GRAPH by Charles Gaba's BrainWrap web page!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

ACA Enrollment Pace Is Up! (UPDATE 12.25 - 12/31 Enrollments)

GOP members of Congress, surrogates and pundits are conspicuously silent about the ACA. Of course, we continue to hear dire predictions about "ObamaCare" from Right-wing Media (Fox News et al) and on occasion for the more zany in the party (Palin, etc), yet the party has moved on to other issues. Paul Ryan intimated a few weeks back the GOP would wreck the US economy over issues related to the debt ceiling.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will one day settle into US History with full accolades to President Obama and the Democratic Party. The ACA website, after weeks of emergency development, is reported to have reached full functionality. The White House is expressing confidence about site utility and performance; we remain cautious as any website is susceptible to malfunction and, frankly, susceptible to Right-wing terrorist attacks against health care reform. 

Malfunctions or website terrorist attacks aside, enrollment has spiked during the month of December. ACA website rework was accomplished around November 30th. Increased opportunity for enrollment via the website has led to ACA watchers suggesting the December deadline for January 1, coverage and anticipated interest from the under insured or non-insured are contributing to the enrollment spike. We would be serious remiss if we did not acknowledge another indicator of increased enrollment numbers.

Let's that a look at ACA enrollment data from a person who uses the pseudonym of Brainwrap. We will admit the developers brain has to be wrapped around an affinity for data and charts; his work is without equal. Even the very "chart-geek" Ezra Klein has linked to Brainwrap's spreadsheet and charts.

(NOTE: We realize the following require a bit of concentration and a willingness grasp a non media view of the ACA experience. You can watch CNN and Fox with their daily "disappointment" updates, or you can help spread the word for the good of the national. In order to spread the word, we have to invest a bit of time and effort as high information people.)

ACA Pivate Enrollments Pass 228,000; over 950,000 with Medicaid/SCHIP

by  on NOVEMBER 26, 2013 in OBAMACARE
(Brainwrap's spreadsheet linked)

Since the day that the ACA (aka Obamacare) health insurance exchanges launched on October 1st, I’ve been tracking the number of applications, enrollments and Medicaid/SCHIP expansion signups at Obviously the first few weeks were, shall we say, rocky. In addition to the now infamous website problems, reporting on the numbers was all over the map as well, with many “serious” journalists confusing “accounts created” with “applications started”, “applications completed”, “plans selected” and so on. 

In addition, many sources confused private exchange enrollments with Medicaid/SCHIP expansion enrollments. Both numbers are important, of course, because each represents people who either didn’t have any healthcare coverage before at all or had crappy coverage (in a few cases, such as myself, they have a decent plan but one which needs a few tweaks to be compliant with the law). 

In any event, just as the Healthcare.Gov website has been majorly modified and improved, so too has (aka, if you’d prefer). All numbers since the first official HHS report was released (which gave the true numbers through 11/2/13) are fully sourced are now separated out by actual private exchange enrollments and Medicaid/SCHIP enrollments for the individual states. 

In addition, I’ve added graphical charts showing both the ACA Private Exchange enrollments as well as a comparison against the Massachusetts enrollment pattern of 2007.’s the latest figures as of Monday, Nov. 25:
Total Exchange ENROLLMENTS: 228,578
Total Medicaid/SCHIP Expansion: 728,210
Total Combined: 956,788

Obamacare Friday Update: 430K 

Private Enrollments; 1.6 Million 


A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed analysis of how Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollments are going so far. Starting today, every Friday I’ll be posting updated numbers here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at
Roughly 27,000 Americans signed up for insurance on the federal exchange on Tuesday, according to internal figures, bringing the site’s three-day enrollment total to 56,000. That figure is more than double the number who enrolled online in the entire month of October, which was almost 27,000.
Needless to say, I’ve been scrambling to bring the spreadsheet up to speed this morning:
Read more via title above 

Obamacare Friday Update: 680K Private, 2.5M Total & Rising FAST

A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed analysis of how Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollments are going so far. Starting today, every Friday I’ll be posting updated numbers here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at
In a comment from a Mother Jones article about Obamacare enrollments, I received the highest praise I could ever hope for:
“During the ’12 election, I compulsively consulted…Now I compulsively consult”
I’m honored beyond words.
I’m also extremely happy to report that thanks to California finally updating their official numbers (partly spoiled by yesterday’s November HHS Report), the official tally has shattered through the 600K mark, and now stands at:
Private Plan Enrollments: 679,743

Medicaid/SCHIP Expansion: 1,829,180

Total: 2,508,923 
Meanwhile, check out the trend/projection line, which has jumped from around 3.7 million up to around 4.2 million by 3/31/14.
 This is both bad and good. The bad news is that the CBO projection for the end of the enrollment period–which was never declared a “requirement for success” by the HHS Dept. but which has, nonetheless, become etched in stone to the media and public at large as being a “must achieve” figure–is 7 million private plan enrollments, leaving the ACA exchanges 2.8 million short at this point.
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ACA Enrollments through 12/10/13

Obamacare Signups Friday: 970K (or 1.3M) private enrollments; 3.3M Total

Every Friday I posting the latest enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at 
This has been the craziest week yet for, and the past day or so, things went into overdrive. 
If November had an Obamacare surge, consider this the December deluge. California averaged 15,000 daily enrollments early last week, about double the sign-ups the state had in early December. New York is now seeing about 4,500 residents choosing plans each day and, in Connecticut, the number is hovering around 1,400.
Read more via title above 

December 26, 2013......(Spreadsheet)
Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) Signups/Applications (w/Medicaid Expansion)

by Brainwrap   •   If you're having trouble viewing, try this link instead
IMPORTANT: Data prior to the 11/13/13 HHS Dept. report includes Applications; data after that only includes actual enrollments.

We anticipate official enrollment number from the White House in early January. Most writers and reporters indicated the pace of enrollment, if not stepped-up, will fall shy of the artificially set Seven million enrolled by March 31, 2014. 

The Congressional Budget Office prediction of seven million enrollees by march 31, is important, and may be elusive. Health and Human Services have moved attention to the demographic mix of enrollees vs. 'raw numbers' of enrollees.

CBS News
In mid-December, a Health and Human Services Official insisted the agency is "on track" to meet its 7 million enrollment goal and expects most people to sign up at the end of the open enrollment period. At the same time, the administration has shifted the focus from the raw enrollment figures to the demographic makeup of the marketplace. 
"What we need is the right mix of individuals in these individual exchanges," White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in mid-December. "My point is, you can't evaluate the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act based solely on the number of people who sign up all across the country. What you should do to evaluate the success of the program is to consider the mix of people who have signed up in each of the individual marketplaces." 
So far, the administration hasn't released any demographic information about Obamacare enrollees. 
The correct "mix" includes a sufficient portion of younger, healthier people -- a portion equal to their representation in the overall pool of potential individual market enrollees. That would mean about 40 percent of the market should be younger, healthier enrollees; in a market of 7 million, that's 2.8 million. 
The concern has been that if only older, sicker people join Obamacare, the costs of covering that market would leader to higher premiums. That would, in turn, prompt even more healthy people to leave the market, leading to the dreaded "death spiral." The death spiral is unlikely to happen in large part because of mechanisms built into the Affordable Care Act to prevent that. In fact, even if far fewer young, healthy people sign up than expected, the impact on the Obamacare markets would be relatively minimal, some argue.
All said, we are certain the Administration will be nothing shy of ecstatic if enrollments continue any where near the December pace.

Over the next few weeks, we will be watching Brainwrap's developer as surely as night turns to day.

UPDATE: 12/25/2013 - 12/31/2013 Partial Data


Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Moves Forward! Connect The Dots Has Our Backs

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment is rolling along well in some states and not so well in other states.  Do you know the missing link between "working well" and "not working so well?" States that setup marketplace exchanges (as provisioned by the ACA) are experiencing far less enrollment issue than states did not setup-up state exchanges.  
A Primer to the State Exchanges: States have either implemented a state run health insurance exchange, or let the federal government run the health insurance exchange for them. Some states have taken a variation on the approach by partnering with another state or the federal government. No matter what approach your State took the way you shop for insurance is the same. Find your State's marketplace now and fill out an application for coverage that starts as early as January 1st, 2014. 
• Sometimes health insurance exchanges are called health insurance marketplaces.
• The official health insurance marketplace for State's not running their own exchange is  See more
GOP Obstruction and insane resistance the provision of the ACA, has provide fruit for powerful plutocrats like the Koch brothers.  After, shelling out over $200 million in support of  "repeal or defund"  The brother from Kansas suit find a degree of satisfaction in ACA website issues. 

Connect The Dots has continued its stellar Obamacares education campaign via another information laden Facebook post.   The developer of the page points a finger at the core of enrollment problems and provides an opportunity to get around the problem in a few states where the GOP refused to setup an ACA exchange. 

As you view the image that follows, Connect also includes vital information about Medicaid Expansion: a key component of the ACA

Connect The Dots

If you live in one of the states setting up their own health insurance exchange (indicated by an “S” and one of the “P”s on this map), you can also bypass the jammed up federal site.

Here are the direct links for those states:
District of Columbia:
(for enrollment this year, using

The current problems with enrollment in states where Governors towed the GOP party-line or edict via refusal to setup an exchange will be resolved.  The ACA will move forward in some form despite GOP obstruction. The real tragedy is, there are people who need healthcare in states where the GOP governors have refuse to provide a website exchange.

Quick look at states with the highest level of uninsured (in 2009) has much in common with the states depicted via the Connect The Dots Facebook page.

Percentage of people without health insurance coverage by state, according to the United States Census Bureau(2009).[1]

A sad state of affairs when the highest need existing states led by the GOP and with constituents who consistently vote Republican. 

ACA enrollment issues related to "back-end" Insurance providers must be fixed and fixed damned fast. Back-end problems are inexcusable to be frank, and should have the highest of priorities in bringing the problem to an end. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Snowden Was Dismssed By The CIA For Attempting To Steal Secrets!

Russian spy
Yesterday we published a piece about the ACA open enrollment software and server glitches. We mentioned Edward Snowden in the piece. Our reference to Edward Snowden, contractor INTEL spy, was mentioned as another example of a problem now plaguing ACA enrollment: the use of contractors to accomplish critical government missions.

As I was keyboarding the piece, I was unaware Snowden's former supervisor had gone on record with revelation about past CIA concerns about the US spy.

It seems the business of "outsourcing" born of US Industry and P&L (profit and loss) greed, has worked its way into the most secretive fissures of our national security. The ever-present contractor has become a necessary form of work arrangement, but the contractor is also a worker who has fewer controls over her/his actions on the jobs. They are often people who cannot manage to hold full-time jobs for various reasons (when full-time jobs are available).  Some have shady backgrounds that go undiscovered by background checks. Many software engineers come to the states via work visas that facilitate contractor work arrangements. Other contractors simply want the flexibility of working as a kind of entrepreneur for higher pay that often excludes benefit coverage. None of the aforementioned includes a natural human social phenomenon of developing loyalty and commitment to an organization or mission.  Since, the use of contractors is based in strategy and policy that in some ways relate to cost savings, maybe we should not be surprised contractor companies will spend little to nothing on quality background checks.

I am reticent to use the words background investigations (as I was once subject  for TOP-Secret Clearances).  Now-a-days, background investigation seems non-existent, or accomplished in a surface manner that uncovers little about the subject contractor.

While there are many articles on the topic across the Web, I am posting a brief 'deck' and link to a piece from the International Business Times. (Warning: The linked article is accompanied by an annoying auto run video commercial)

The International Business Times
Edward Snowden Scandal: CIA Sent Him Home But NSA Hired Him Later
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had tried to break into classified computers when he worked for the CIA in Geneva, and his supervisors at the agency sent him home for this, a new report shows. 
Snowden's CIA supervisor had observed "a distinct change in the young man's behaviour and work habits" and had written a note in his personnel file in 2009, but the warnings were never communicated to the NSA, which hired him subsequently, the New York Times said in a report. 
The report says Snowden would never have got the opportunity to disclose hundreds of thousands of top-secret files had the CIA's suspicions been followed up - a startling revelation that flies in the face of an agency reputed for intrusive information gathering on everyone who matters. 
"The CIA suspected that Mr Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home ...," the report said. 
The vital information about the would-be leaker "slipped through the cracks," NYT quoted a veteran law enforcement official as saying. The supervisor's warnings were probably not forwarded to the NSA or its contractors. 
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Let's set aside Obama Administration noble, but underestimation of enrollment interest in the ACA. That problem can and will be fixed as it is rooted in what will become a national policy that benefits many millions across the nation. (Note: For those who may have read previous our comments about flawed enrollment as fodder against the ACA, think again; you are being Fox News like. The problem with servers and software will be fixed.  Also, note the problems manifest in systems not supported by state run exchanges. This, our federal government may have attempted to save money. If that is the case, another austerity flaw.  I offer a more relevant point sinceI truly suspect a spike in site visits (over the past 24 hours) relates to uncomplimentary comments about ACA enrollment and the Obama Administration.  People who are upset with delays in enrollment should blame the governors of their states; states in which leadership refused to open ACA exchanges.  An even more salient point, overwhelming interest in enrollment will not turn individual and family needs away from a developing ACA. Therefore, your efforts to grab quotes from this liberal site, if detected, will be addressed by following your links and direct comments from site leadership.)

Excuse the digression.

The business of national catastrophe resultant from flawed 
employment practices is inexcusable. How could one INTEL agency have records about a spy, with sharing that information via a common database?  If the word spy does not work for Snowden's attempts to illegally enter secret files, how about listing the twerp (Snowden) as a security risk, via a common database?  And, that database should most certainly constitute a required visit by the likes of Booz (the common that hired Snowden and shipped is zany ass to Hawaii). 

How do we know such contractor arrangements have not led to "unfriendly nations" operatives currently working in our INTEL agencies?  We don't know, do we?

Edward Snowden is a technology spy, and companies that hired him via flawed background investigations should be banned form doing business with our INTEL agencies.