(WASHINGTON POST) Ever since October 1, states — and the federal government — have had markedly different experiences signing their residents up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act. California has enrolled just about 80,000 people — while Oregon has not signed up a single Oregonian.
Kennedy Elliot from our graphics department has put together this cool visualization that stacks state numbers up against one another. It includes three data points starting with eligibility, the number of people who turned up at the exchange and were determined eligible to purchase coverage there. Eligibility is a pretty low bar to clear, since it pretty much involves not being in jail and being a legal resident of the state you want to purchase coverage in.
Second is a look at the numbers as a percent of the state’s population. You see a clear trend here that federal marketplace states are getting fewer applications per capita than those that built their own. Texas, for example, has the highest uninsured rate in the country, with 27 percent of its residents lacking coverage, yet one of the lowest application rates: Just 0.42 percent of Texans have applied for coverage.