November 15, 2013

Just Three State Exchanges Have Yet To Release Enrollment Data.

Coverage of state exchanges focused on enrollment numbers and other activity data, as the majority of exchanges have reported initial data.
Hawaii Exchange Has Not Reported Enrollment Numbers. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (11/14, Marcellus) reports that Hawaii’s state-run health insurance exchange is one of three across the country that have yet to report enrollment data. An official with the exchange told the Star-Advertiser that “the organization had no immediate comment.”
Pacific Business News (11/13, Blakely, Subscription Publication) also reports on the lack of Hawaii enrollment data.
Enrollment Data To Show If Idaho More Efficient Than Federal Exchange. The AP (11/14) reports on a pledge by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter that the state would be able to operate a health insurance exchange more efficiently and cheaply than the Federal government. Officials in the state are carefully monitoring enrollment data at both the Idaho and national levels in order to assess the relative efficiency of both exchanges. The numbers for both are low so far. According to the AP, “Since Oct. 1, just 338 people selected policies via Your Health Idaho, whose projected operating budget through next June is $12.8 million.”
Maryland Exchange Averaging 2000 Phone Calls Daily. The Baltimore Business Journal (11/13, Gantz, Subscription Publication) reports that Maryland’s state-run exchange officials have been encouraging consumers to call the exchange when they experience problems with its website. As of November 7, the exchange had answered 54,263 calls and received roughly 2,500 paper applications.
The Annapolis (MD) Capital Gazette (11/14, Lambert) also discusses the Maryland exchange.
Regional Coverage. Other outlets covering the state-run exchanges include the Bennington (VT) Banner (11/14, Conkey) in Vermont, the Boston Business Journal’s (11/14, Donnelly, Subscription Publication) “Healthcare Inc” blog, KING-TV Seattle Seattle (11/14, Hahn) in Washington, and U-T San Diego (11/13, Sisson) in California.