District of Columbia: 21.8K QHPs, 52.1K Medicaid, 16K SHOP

A nice little update from the DC exchange:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

From October 1, 2013 to March 8, 2015, 89,852 people have enrolled in health insurance coverage through DC Health Link in private insurance or Medicaid:

  •  21,784 people enrolled in a private qualified health plan,
  •  52,115 people have been determined eligible for Medicaid, and
  •  15,953 people enrolled through the DC Health Link small business marketplace (includes Congressional enrollment).  

Hmmmm...that "From 10/1/13" clarification is a bit concerning, especially since the official 2015 QHP total as of 2/21/15 was just 18,465. I find it difficult to believe that DC would have increased their QHP enrollment by 18% in just 19 off-season days, but perhaps there was a clerical error or something. I'll likely have to correct this later on, but I'll leave it be for now.

It's also noteworthy that they're officially acknowledging the huge impact that Congressional staffers have on their SHOP enrollments.