Federal public exchange program managers and managers of many state-based exchanges continue to be slow to release performance figures.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is running the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchanges in 36 states. In other states and the District of Columbia, local agencies are in charge.
HHS has released no comprehensive data on how many people have enrolled for health insurance using the HealthCare.gov system.
State exchange managers have released a little more data, but not that much more.
Oregon hasn’t even tried to open its exchange website. The state has admitted that the site software still can’t determine whether applicants are eligible for Medicaid or for PPACA premium assistance tax credit subsidies.
Vermont — a thinly populated state — received a large, $171 million grant to run its exchange and upgrade its technology, but its exchange system is still so buggy that officials are relying on paper applications.
In Oregon and Colorado, the official number of completed applications is still zero.
In Minnesota, officials at the state’s MNsure exchange have said they’ll have to wait until Wednesday to release enrollment figures, in part because some users inadvertently submitted multiple applications that need to be consolidated.
As of Thursday, Delaware — a state relying on HHS to handle enrollment — had not yet confirmed news of any insurer making a single enrollment through the HealthCare.gov system.
Many of the Florida groups that are trying to help people sign up for exchange coverage say they still can’t complete the enrollment process online.