Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have set up their own online exchanges. They’re faring little better than the federal exchange.
Take Vermont. In the Green Mountain State, 4,300 residents created state insurance accounts. But only 700 were able to apply for insurance — and just 115 of these folks were able to enroll.
In Maryland just 1,121 of the 25,781 people who created accounts were able to finish their online applications and get enrolled. That’s less than 5 percent.
And the exchanges in Vermont and Maryland are among the better-working ones.
Remember: the relevant metrics are not accesses, registrations, or even enrollments. The relevant metrics are enrollments for insurance (rather than Medicaid) under the healthcare insurance exchanges and the number of those enrollments of people who are young and healthy.
It’s still very, very early in the game.