Sunday, December 1, 2013

State-run Obamacare Exchanges are Still Struggling with Sign-up Numbers

While the rush grows to meet Saturday’s self-imposed deadline for improving the ObamaCare website, the real story behind the government’s success or failure may be hidden in the abysmal state-run exchange figures. 
The White House has been busy pitching the plan’s merits across the country and flown in the A-Team of tech experts to work round-the-clock on a major makeover for the online portal. 
In fact, by the middle of November,14 state-based marketplaces reported data showing enrollment numbers doubling from the disastrous roll out a month earlier, to 150,000 from 79,000. 
But the numbers are still below where they should be. In Colorado, for example, enrollment figures are below the state’s own worst-case projections. 
According to The Denver Post, the lowest-level mid-November enrollment projection was11,108, the middle range 20,186 and highest hitting 30,944. 
The projections were made during a pitch to a state finance committee. On November 18, the exchange announced it had signed up only 6,001 residents to date. 
Many state leaders have blamed the sluggish sign up numbers on public disinterest. 
Hawaii saw its first health care casualty last week, when the executive director for the state exchange announced her resignation. Coral Andrews, who headed up Hawaii Health Connector for the past two years, said she was quitting amid massive delays in getting the insurance marketplace off the ground. 
Hawaii has been pummeled with problems, starting with its rollout date. The state website and exchange was supposed to be up and running by Oct. 1 but software glitches kept the site dark for two weeks. In the month that the exchange has been up, only 257 people have enrolled.
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1 comment:

BOSMAN said...

Even the state exchanges aren't seeing the numbers to make Obamacare successful. add to that their own glitch problems for their online exchanges. From what I've read, other than Connecticut, in all the other states, NEW Medicaid enrollees make up the bulk of their numbers.

THEY NEED the young and Healthy to make it work ($$$$) and THAT doesn't appear to be happening.