END OF 2018 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (Connecticut & Maryland)

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Idaho (yes, Idaho) private QHPs up over 15% since 2/01

Eureka! That rarest of things, a mid-month enrollment update from a federally-run exchange state! Idaho reports hitting 38,000 private enrollments, up from 32,899 as of February 1st (I'm sure this is private enrollments only, because they were already at over 16K Medicaid enrollments as of 2/01. It's a short article and the whole thing is a gem, so here it is verbatim:

Idaho’s state-based health insurance exchange has now enrolled 38,000 people in health insurance, state Department of Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong told lawmakers today. And another 56,000 are “in the queue,” in the process of enrolling. “Our original target was 42,000,” he said, for signups by the end of the open enrollment period at the end of March. “Very rapidly, Idaho’s enrollment … has come up.”

When the exchange opened and faced problems due to computer system hang-ups in Washington, D.C., initial enrollment numbers were very low. “Everybody was just wringing their hands,” Armstrong said. “This is a breath of fresh air, to see that the enrollments are picking up this rapidly.”

Actually, it turns out that Idaho's enrollment rate is down about 20% (300/day) from their January rate (371/day), but overall this isn't too bad, especially given the "56K in the queue" statement.

Also noteworthy: Idaho is now at 95% of their CMS projection, and 100% of the more reasonable "Share of Uninsured" enrollment level.