The new public exchanges may have disappointed the enrollment forecasters, but they seem to indicate some consumer interest in a new way to buy health insurance. High-populated states such as New York and California have the highest enrollment numbers, data shows.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) state-by-state exchange activity table shows that the exchanges now have about 1.1 million enrollees who can use the exchanges to shop for private coverage and 326,130 who can use government subsidies to shop for coverage.
By way of comparison, the popular, well-established eHealthInsurance.com private exchange website has about 1.1 million members.
News organizations have no way to verify the completeness or accuracy of the data, and the way HHS designed the trouble-plagued HealthCare.gov enrollment system for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchanges it runs may have skewed the results.
Originally, consumers had to create an application just to see what health plan options were available in their states. Some consumers — and some agents, brokers and others who simply wanted to see what was available on the site — may have created accounts, or tried to create accounts, simply to get access to their states’ plan menus.
In other cases, glitches or user errors may have created duplicate accounts for the same individuals.