Obamacare Website Runs Smoothly

If you’re shopping for health insurance through your state website or the federal government’s Healthcare.gov, it seems as though the process is finally working smoothly.  More than 39 million visitors have browsed Healthcare.gov and state marketplaces. In October and November 365,000 people signed up and more than 1.9 million applied but haven’t yet selected a plan. Another 800,000 discovered that they are eligible for Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

But because of the botched Obamacare rollout with a flawed website that didn’t work, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius asked the HHS Inspector General Dan Levinson to investigate what happened with Healthcare.gov.

HHS is also putting new systems in place to deal with outside contractors and tech work. Healthcare.gov was put together with software and hardware created by private companies.  Questions persist about who was responsible for the failures and why there wasn’t better oversight.

 

STATE WEBSITES

States with their own health insurance marketplace websites appear to be signing people up without the drama others found at the federal site.
California currently leads the nation with more than 250,000 people applying and over 107,000 actually choosing a plan. New York follows with 45,000 people signing up.
FEDERALLY ASSISTED WEBSITES
Idaho, New Mexico, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida and Georgia have websites that are supported or run by the the Department of Health and Human Services and those sites have had modest to good traffic.  In Florida there are 150,000 applications for health insurance and 17,000 people have already chosen a plan.  61,000 applied in Georgia, but so far fewer than 7,0oo have chosen a plan.
APPLICATION DEADLINE
You have until December 23, 2013 to apply for health insurance that begins on January 1, 2014. But the open enrollment period for insurance that begins later will run until March 15, 2014.

 

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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