The 36 exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may have received fewer than 168,000 completed applications.

This reporter came up with that cap by tallying the latest available application activity figures for state-based exchanges and subtracting the total from a rough completed application count HHS provided for the country as a whole.

The HHS-run Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges and most of the state-based exchanges opened their enrollment systems Oct. 1.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.