As a whole, the state-run Obamacare exchanges have been more efficient, and functional, than the troubled federal exchange. But, even three weeks in to 2014, there are a few underperformers bringing the average down. Covered California is on track to meet its enrollment goal, according to MarketWatch, and its hiccups have been minor. Meanwhile several states are competing for worst exchange, with Maryland taking the lead after, most recently, listing a help-line number that redirected to a Seattle pottery business. With a little over two months until the March 31 deadline for enrollment, these are the states that are doing the best and the worst.
The Best of the Best
Only 10 states reached or exceeded their three-month enrollment goals, including Connecticut and Rhode Island, who saw numbers at 232 and 174 percent, respectively, of the target set by the federal government in September, according to The New York Times. Both will hopefully raise their percentage of young enrollees about 21 to 22 percent, but that's a problem across all the exchanges.
California has been one of the shining examples of going all in on the health care law. The state expanded Medicaid, and heavily promoted their insurance exchange, Covered California. As the most populous state it's not surprising that is has the most private insurance enrollments (498,794 through December, and 625,000 through Tuesday according to the Associated Press), though MarketWatch reported today that California has reached the minimum estimate for subsidy-eligible enrollees. Downside: The state hasn't enrolled nearly as many Latino residents as it should have, due to a lack of Spanish language resources and counselors.