The 36 exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may have received fewer than 168,000 completed applications.
This reporter came up with that cap by tallying the latest available application activity figures for state-based exchanges and subtracting the total from a rough completed application count HHS provided for the country as a whole.
The HHS-run Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges and most of the state-based exchanges opened their enrollment systems Oct. 1.
Many states have published at least one or two activity data reports. HHS has not, saying all of its activity figures are unconfirmed and unreliable.
Officials have said only that they believe that users of all PPACA public exchanges have submitted a total of “almost 700,000” complete applications.
At least two states, Colorado and Connecticut, posted fresh activity numbers since California and Washington released their updates earlier this week.