END OF 2018 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (42 states)

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Short Cuts: Medicaid Triple-Play!! CO no longer listing it, CA kicking people off of it, ID hoping to expand it

Crud. The bulk of this article is about how Jonathan "Diarrhea of the Mouth" Gruber was partly behind Colorado's ACA enrollment projections. However, there's one paragraph deep into it which gives me a sad for an entirely unrelated reason:

Connect for Health no longer tracks the Medicaid sign-up numbers, communications director Luke Clarke said. And officials have said also that they do not have a firm indication how many people getting insurance through the exchange used to be uninsured, though the non-profit marketplace was designed to be a primary vehicle for insuring the uninsured.

(sigh) Here I am doing everything I can to improve the transparancy...ah, well...

This isn't directly ACA-related, quite, but it's connected:

More than 91,000 Medi-Cal recipients in Los Angeles County will be sent letters this week telling them that their state-supported healthcare coverage will end on Nov. 30. A judge this week refused to block the notices, even though health advocates argued that the letters lack important details that would help recipients renew their plans.

Basically, these are people who were already enrolled in Medicaid (Medi-Cal) before ACA expansion went into effect. I'm still not sure I understand the whole thing, but the bottom line is that up to 91K people in CA could be kicked off of Medi-Cal as a result.

Meanwhile, there's an upated number on that massive Medi-Cal enrollment backlog:

The state's enrollment backlog -- once as large as 900,000 -- was 133,927 as of Nov. 14, Cava said. He declined to comment on the pending renewals lawsuit.

Meanwhile, in Idaho, it's looking more and more likely that they'll push through an Arkansas-style "Private Medicaid Option" program:

Under the newly approved plan , adults earning 100 percent to 138 percent of the poverty line may purchase private insurance on Idaho’s health insurance marketplace using federal dollars.

Adults below 100 percent of the poverty line, Idaho’s lowest-income participants, would be provided Medicaid coverage .

The previous plan expanded Idaho’s Medicaid eligibility to adults earning  138 percent of the poverty line.