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Another non-functioning function of ObamaCare Exchange

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From an NBC online article posted 2 hours ago (according to the MSNBC website), added to all the other features that the online ACA exchanges will be unable to perform by October 1 (*) is to tell you whether or not you're eligible for Medicaid -- one of ObamaCare's big potential buckets.

Nice quote from HHS contractor now at a private firm about how what news articles are calling "glitches" aren't glitches. Because there's 3 months to the enrollment deadline (and, presumably, because Obama and October 1 SOFT Launch).

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/obamacare-glitches-or-par-course-8C11270147

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Submitted by hipparchia on

there's 3 months to the enrollment deadline

in later years maybe, but the enrollment deadline for this first year is march 31 2014.

https://www.healthcare.gov/

the three dates to remember are ---

oct 1 2013 - you can start signing up for obamacare but your new insurance doesn't actually start yet

jan 1 2014 - your new obamacare insurance starts (if you signed up any time between oct 1 2013 and dec 31 2013)

march 31 2014 - the last date possible to sign up for obamacare insurance that will cover you for 2014 (iirc your insurance coverage starts on the first day of the next month, or maybe the first of the month that is one full month after that, i forget, so if you sign up on march 31 your insurance starts on april 1 or possibly may 1)

also iirc for all other years after 2014 the sign-up period is oct 1 - dec 31 for insurance beginning on jan 1 of the next year (for insurance that will start on jan 1 2015 you will have from oct 1 2014 to dec 31 2014 to sign up, etc).

Submitted by hipparchia on

because then people would wait until they were sick or were in an accident to buy insurance.

insurance pools really do only work if they're "everybody in, nobody out." the lucky many always subsidize the unlucky few.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

That's interesting about the actual March 1 date. This is the first time I've heard of it. It's not mentioned anywhere I've been reading about the PPACA enrollment time frame. I wonder why that is? The only dates that get reported are October 1 and January 1, 2014.

Still, I'm with Lambert on if health care is a right, enrollment periods should be a thing of science fiction (along with using private insurance company business models and their requirements to create a health care system for a nation of citizens)!

Submitted by hipparchia on

It's not mentioned anywhere I've been reading about the PPACA enrollment time frame.

it's been on the healthcare.gov website for ages.

The only dates that get reported are October 1 and January 1, 2014.

these are the important dates to remember if you want your new obamacare insurance to start on jan 1 2014.

Still, I'm with Lambert on if health care is a right, enrollment periods should be a thing of science fiction (along with using private insurance company business models and their requirements to create a health care system for a nation of citizens)!

my own preference would be for the govt to nationalize the hospitals overnight, treat everybody for free, whether or not they have an insurance card, and issue free medicare cards to everyone, citizen or not so they could visit the physicians of their choice (i'd let non-hospital physicians remain in private practice, and i'd pay them on a fee-for-service basis).

but insurance clerks gotta eat too, and systems that use private insurance as the payers can be made to work humanely and well. switzerland is an excellent example. alas, obamacare is not anywhere near what the swiss have.

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Submitted by Alexa on

or exchange being delayed (I forget its actual title--sorry), but I "missed the word" on the soft launch of the Federal Exchange.

It's not surprising that the Administration would use MSNBC as their mouthpiece for this announcement. Anymore, it's all that I can do to stomach listening to the shills on that channel.

The District of Columbia also just announced a delay in their online enrollment capabilities, until mid-November IIRC.