I honestly don’t know how to account for this.
Back on September 30, we were told to expect great things in New York State:
“If the volume of callers at the call center is any indication, I know there’s a lot of demand out there,” said Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives of the Community Service Society of New York. About 44% of CSS’ clients are uninsured, she said.
Because New York was among the first states to establish its exchange, health care advocates say the system has had time to smooth out potential glitches.
“There are a lot of decisions to be made in terms of mandatory things, and New York has worked their way through those,” said James Knickman, chief executive of the New York State Health Foundation, a nonprofit.
The organization estimated that just over 1 million uninsured New Yorkers would be eligible to get coverage through the exchanges, but “it will probably take two or three years to get the full number” said Mr. Knickman…
The high cost of insurance in New York may lead many consumers to purchase on the exchange, said Linda Tiano, a partner at Epstein, Becker & Green who specializes in health care.
“You’ve got a lot of people who are paying enormous amounts of money right now for individual coverage. I think those people are going to be very quick to get something new and cheaper. There are other people in New York who have looked at getting coverage and were put off by the high prices,” she said.
According to the Manhattan Institute, in New York state rates are going down 29 percent on average for both men and women and for all age groups. So people should be happy to get a deal right?
Is there something about the plans that bothers people?
New York’s health insurance marketplace reported Wednesday having received 174,000 completed applications for new coverage starting next year, accounting for a large share of initial signups nationally under the Affordable Care Act.
But “application” simply means the data is put in. It doesn’t mean one is insured.
Health officials said Wednesday that 37,030 New Yorkers have completed the process and fully enrolled with individual insurers…
What about other states with health care exchanges?
In California, officials said 126,000 people have started applications but won’t release figures on completed applications or enrollments until mid-November.
About 35,000 Washington residents have signed up for insurance through that state’s new health care exchange.
Does that mean 35 thousand have enrolled? Or only applied?
Among other states, Kentucky reported 18,370 individuals “enrolled in new affordable health coverage” as of 7 p.m. Tuesday. Rhode Island reported 2,652 enrolled as of Monday.
New York has an estimated 2.7 million uninsured among roughly 19 million residents. One analysis indicated about 1.1 million people would enroll.
Is that analyst standing by his number?
Yet HuffPo claims:
Without national enrollment figures, it’s unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projected to gain coverage during the six-month signup period.
As a friend of mine asked, “Does it seem unclear to you?”