Total enrollment: We've been tracking what state officials have reported on residents getting new coverage through the exchanges--residents who have either enrolled in Medicaid or picked a private plan. Here's our latest count through Tuesday morning:
Monitoring total enrollment through the exchanges is a useful barometer of interest in the new marketplaces, with clear downstream effects for providers--several executives told the Daily Briefing that they're keeping an eye on whether the exchanges will end up delivering expected volumes in year one, especially given the ACA's cuts to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
But it's also been useful to track the difference between sign-ups in private coverage and enrollment in Medicaid. (Here's some more context on that distinction.) And the balance remains heavily tilted toward Medicaid expansion; as of Tuesday morning, we'd also seen more than 40,000 people using the state exchanges to purchase private coverage.
Note: Very close observers of the recent enrollment reports will notice that we haven't counted the 82,000-plus Maryland residents who were signed up to be auto-enrolled in the Medicaid expansion on Jan. 1. Why? That program is separate from the exchanges (and among several states' efforts to take advantage of an early opportunity to expand Medicaid).