The Obama administration has released numbers on enrollment in the Affordable Care Act exchanges — but not how many of those people have actually paid.
That’s a key component, eyed especially hard by critics of the president’s health insurance reform.
CNBC is reporting today that nine states and the District of Columbia have reported those numbers, and they are “all over the map” — ranging from 92 percent of enrollees have paid in Connecticut to 54 percent in Maryland.
Here’s a list of the states, the number of those who have selected a plan and the percentage of those who have paid as reported by CNBC:
Connecticut, 57,465, 92%
Minnesota, 33,722, 90%
California, 923,832, 85%
Rhode Island, 19,690, 83%
DC, 6,516, 75%
Nevada, 30,015, 70%
Vermont, 24,326, 59%
Washington, 191,081, 57%
Maryland, 38,070, 54%
CNBC quotes Dan Mendelson, CEO of the consulting company Avalere Health, who says the Obama administration is in an awkward position, because the paid enrollment rate is a fluid number, and one that could hurt the administration politically and “helps the Republicans.”
“It doesn’t help them to put out that number. It’s going to be lower than enrollment no matter what,” said Mendelson. “It doesn’t help them in any way to move the goalposts and make the field longer.”
Mendelson said that once open enrollment ends March 31, he expects between 5 percent and 10 percent will be unpaid.