END OF 2018 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (42 states)

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Michigan: 20,000 *more* would lose coverage post-ACA repeal than just a few weeks ago.

Over the past month or so, I've been tallying up the number of people who would lose their healthcare coverage if and when the GOP actually does proceed with repealing the Affordable Care Act, breaking the totals out by both County and Congressional District in every state.

While this project has received high praise as a useful resource, one problem with it is that the numbers aren't static--between the high churn rate of the individual market and Medicaid, as well as the fact there's no limited enrollment period for Medicaid (you can sign up year-round), the enrollment figures are constantly changing.

Case in point: As of the beginning of January, roughly 640,000 Michiganders were enrolled in "Healthy Michigan", our name for ACA Medicaid expansion. By the end of January, that number had increased to just over 646,000.

Well, I just happened to check the Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services website, and as of yesterday (2/27/17), that number had increased even more...and now stands at 666,728 people, over 20,000 higher than four weeks earlier.