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Megan McArdle

Where Did the Obamacare Data Go?

The most transparent administration in history has decided to discontinue the monthly ACA enrollment reports now that open enrollment is closed. But activity on the health-insurance exchanges is not.
Obamacare's enrollment reports are coming to an end. That's disappointing. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Obamacare's enrollment reports are coming to an end. That's disappointing. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The most transparent administration in history has decided to discontinue the monthly Affordable Care Act enrollment reports now that open enrollment is closed. And why shouldn't it? you ask. After all, open enrollment is, well, closed.

"HHS issued monthly enrollment reports during the first marketplace open enrollment period in order to provide the best understanding of enrollment activities as it was taking place," according to a Department of Health and Human Services representative. "Now that this time period has ended, we will look at future opportunities to share information about the marketplace that is reliable and accurate over time as further analysis can be done but we do not anticipate monthly reports."

But while the official open enrollment period is closed, that doesn't mean that activity on the health-insurance exchanges has shut down. People who have experienced a "qualifying life event" -- getting a job, having a baby or moving to another state, among others -- are still eligible to enroll in an exchange policy.