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More Delays Strike ObamaCare

- September 26, 2013

The Obama Administration Has Announced That Online Enrollment In ObamaCare's Small Business Exchanges Will Be Delayed Until After October 1. "Administration officials are quietly telling key interest groups to expect initial glitches signing up online for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Two sources tell The Associated Press that small businesses will not be able to enroll online starting Oct. 1 when new health insurance markets go live. Instead, one of the sources, a person who was briefed on the situation, said business owners will initially have to mail or fax their information so that they can enroll." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "Health Law Online Sign-Up Delayed For Small Firms," The Associated Press, 9/26/13)

"The Administration Told Hispanic Groups That The Spanish-Language Version Of Its Healthcare.Gov Website Will Be Not Be Ready To Handle Enrollments For A Few Weeks." "Separately, the administration told Hispanic groups that the Spanish-language version of its healthcare.gov website will be not be ready to handle enrollments for a few weeks. An estimated 10 million Latinos are eligible for coverage." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "Health Law Online Sign-Up Delayed For Small Firms," The Associated Press, 9/26/13)

"A Major Part" Of Washington D.C.'s ObamaCare Exchange "Will Not Be Ready On Tuesday." "District officials announced Wednesday that a major part of a new health insurance system it is building under President Obama's health-care overhaul will not be ready on Tuesday because of 'a high error rate' discovered during recent testing." (Lena H. Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar, "District's Health Exchange Hits Major Snag But Will Still Open Oct. 1," The Washington Post , 9/25/13)

The Exchange "Will Lack Key Functions When It Opens Oct. 1." "The new health-insurance exchange for people living in Washington, D.C., will lack key functions when it opens Oct. 1, officials said Wednesday, in the latest sign of trouble states are having preparing for open enrollment under the health-care law." (Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Key Functions Of D.C. Health Exchange Delayed," The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/13)

  • D.C. Citizens Will Be Unable To Determine Medicaid Eligibility Or Whether They Will Receive Subsidies Online. "But it will not be able to immediately determine online whether people are eligible for Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor, or for government subsidies to afford premiums." (Lena H. Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar, "District's Health Exchange Hits Major Snag But Will Still Open Oct. 1," The Washington Post , 9/25/13)

The Delay "Will Probably Fuel Perceptions That The Law Is Not Ready To Be Implemented." "But it could give many people a false impression that they cannot afford coverage. And it will probably fuel perceptions that the law is not ready to be fully implemented." (Lena H. Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar, "District's Health Exchange Hits Major Snag But Will Still Open Oct. 1," The Washington Post , 9/25/13)

  • Insurance Industry Consultant: The Obama Administration "Set Expectations They Can't Meet." "'Why do they keep saying everything's fine when things aren't fine?' said Robert Laszewski, an insurance industry consultant tracking the progress of the exchanges. 'They set expectations they can't meet, and that undermines Obamacare.'" (Lena H. Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar, "District's Health Exchange Hits Major Snag But Will Still Open Oct. 1," The Washington Post , 9/25/13)

ObamaCare's Exchanges Aren't Ready For Prime-Time In States Across The Country

"Two Other States That Are Running Their Own Exchanges-Colorado And Oregon-Have Already Announced Delays." (Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Key Functions Of D.C. Health Exchange Delayed," The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/13)

Colorado's Exchange Has Had To Delay Signing Up For ObamaCare Online. "Colorado said this week that people who want to apply for a tax credit will have to work through the state's customer-service center for at least the month of October. (Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Key Functions Of D.C. Health Exchange Delayed," The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/13)

  • Colorado Customers Will Have To Call A Call Center Instead Of Receiving Subsidies For ObamaCare Online. "Pitched to the public as a Travelocity-style online marketplace for health insurance, Colorado's new health exchange won't allow customers to get online tax credits for at least the first month. Colorado exchange managers revealed Monday during a board meeting that customers who want tax credits to make health insurance more affordable will have to call for help, rather than navigating the multi-million dollar computer system on their own." (Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, "Want Tax Credits? You Won't Get Them Online," Health Policy Solutions (University Of Colorado-Denver), 9/24/13)

Oregon Has Delayed ObamaCare Signups Due To Glitches. "Last month, Oregon said it wouldn't allow individuals to enroll online on Oct. 1 until glitches with the system are worked out." (Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Key Functions Of D.C. Health Exchange Delayed," The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/13)

  • Oregon Has Already Announced That Due To Software Problems, Consumers Will Have To Enroll Offline. "The remaining 14 states are running separate marketplaces with their own software. One of those states, Oregon, has already announced that it would delay some features to fix software bugs, though consumers will be able to enroll offline." (Christopher Weaver, Timothy W. Martin, And Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout Of Online Health Exchanges," The Wall Street Journal, 9/19/13)

"Consumers In 36 States" Could Be Affected By Glitches In The ObamaCare Exchanges. "If not resolved by the Oct. 1 launch date, the problems could affect consumers in 36 states where the federal government is running all or part of the exchanges. About 32 million uninsured people live in those states, but only a fraction of them are expected to sign up in the next year." (Christopher Weaver, Timothy W. Martin, And Jennifer Corbett Dooren, "Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout Of Online Health Exchanges," The Wall Street Journal, 9/19/13)

ObamaCare's Small Business Exchanges Are Being Hampered By Glitches

States Across The Country Are Falling Behind In Creating ObamaCare's Small Business Exchanges. "New health insurance marketplaces for small businesses are scheduled to open across the country next week, and while most states are ready to begin enrollment, others have fallen behind, delaying some of the savings employers were promised under ObamaCare." (J.D. Harrison, "One Week Away, ObamaCare's Small Business Insurance Exchanges Not All Ready For Launch," The Washington Post , 9/23/13)

  • Maryland Has Struggled To Ready Its Small Business Exchange, Delaying Its Launch Until Next Year. "Meanwhile, some states have already stumbled out of the gate. In Maryland, for example, the marketplace for individuals will be ready for launch on Tuesday; however, the state has elected to delay enrollment for its small business exchange until the start of next year, when plans were supposed to take effect. Instead, coverage under those plans will commence in March at the earliest." (J.D. Harrison, "One Week Away, ObamaCare's Small Business Insurance Exchanges Not All Ready For Launch," The Washington Post , 9/23/13)
  • Washington's Small Business Exchange Suffers From Lack Of Choices As Only One Insurer Is Participating To Cover Certain Regions. "In Washington state, only one insurance company signed up for the small business exchange, and it will only provide coverage to certain regions. Others will have no health insurance options when the portal opens next week, and it is unclear how (or if) they will be able to access the credits." (J.D. Harrison, "One Week Away, ObamaCare's Small Business Insurance Exchanges Not All Ready For Launch," The Washington Post , 9/23/13)
  • Minnesota And Wisconsin Officials Are Warning Of "Glitches And Limitations." "In Minnesota and Wisconsin, meanwhile, state-run small business exchanges are set to open on schedule, but government officials have in the last few weeks warned that the programs in both states might have some glitches or limitations when they first launch." (J.D. Harrison, "One Week Away, ObamaCare's Small Business Insurance Exchanges Not All Ready For Launch," The Washington Post , 9/23/13)

ObamaCare's Federal Small Business Exchange Is Offering Less Flexibility To Small Businesses Across The Country. "The same may be true of the federal government's new insurance exchanges. Most states, including Virginia, elected to fall back on marketplaces set up and run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has said the federal exchanges for individuals and employers in those states will be ready to open next week. However, this summer, officials announced that the federal government's small business portal will not allow employers the same flexibility business owners will have in the District." (J.D. Harrison, "One Week Away, ObamaCare's Small Business Insurance Exchanges Not All Ready For Launch," The Washington Post , 9/23/13)


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