BOOYAH! ACA Enrollments Surge: 56K in first 3 days of December!
NOTE: This was originally posted over at Daily Kos. I've since ported it over here for archival purposes.
Roughly 27,000 Americans signed up for insurance on the federal exchange on Tuesday, according to internal figures, bringing the site’s three-day enrollment total to 56,000. That figure is more than double the number who enrolled online in the entire month of October, which was almost 27,000.
Needless to say, I've been scrambling to bring the ACASignups.net spreadsheet up to speed this morning.
It seems that the "December Spike" or "Post-Thanksgiving Surge" or whatever you want to call it that Pres. Obama and the HHS Dept. were hoping for is happening, and in a big way. The announcement that the biggest hurdles in the ongoing Healthcare.Gov website debacle have been resolved is no doubt a major part of this dramatic turn of events.
In any event, I think I'll be hopping over the next few weeks.
In addition, there have been some other cool updates:
--THANK YOU to ybruti, who called my attention to this article from the Washington Post last summer, which noted that a half-million Americans were already quietly moved onto Medicaid specifically thanks to the ACA long before the October 1st exchanges opened. The only specific numbers given are for DC (30K) and Minnesota (41K); California is mentioned as well, but that number is sort of mixed in with the other 600K LIHP number that's already accounted for on the spreadsheet.
--Between the 56K 12/01-03 news and new numbers out of Vermont, Washington State and Minnesota, the total number of private enrollments has shattered through 400K and now stands at a minimum of 426,000 (and California, along with several other states, haven't reported full November figures yet)!
--The Medicaid/SCHIP expansion tally now stands at more than 1.5 million...
...meaning that we're very close to breaking through the 2 million total line!