Sunday, December 15, 2013

With all the Talk of Obamacare Numbers...hardly anyone has actually Paid Yet

...The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this morning that nearly 365,000 Americans had signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare. The vast majority came from 14 states running their own insurance exchanges, while 137,000 came by way of, the much-faulted federal website that handles enrollment for the remaining states. 
But amid the rush to enroll as many people as possible by the December 23 deadline, there’s a huge caveat that isn’t getting much public attention: In order for coverage to take effect on Jan. 1, enrollees must pay their first month’s premium on time. (The deadline varies somewhat by state and by insurer.)
That’s slow going, according to consultants and some insurers, raising the prospect that actual enrollment will be far lower than the figures HHS is releasing. 
“There is also a lot of worrying going on over people making payments,” industry consultant Robert Laszewski wrote in an email. “One client reports only 15% have paid so far. It is still too early to know for sure what this means but we should expect some enrollment slippage come the payment due date.”
Another consultant Kip Piper, agreed. “So far I’m hearing from health plans that around 5% and 10% of consumers who have made it through the data transfer gauntlet have paid first month’s premium and therefore truly enrolled,” he wrote me. 
Sure, some of these folks are writing the checks right now, or will in the coming days. Obamacare defenders are quick to point out that people don’t like to pay for services ahead of time. But some significant chunk won’t pay on time — they’ve got about two or three weeks to make that first payment — and thus they’ll begin 2014 without health insurance. And these are the folks who made it through the glitchy exchanges! The question is whether or not they realize that they’re not really insured before or after they end up in the doctor’s office or emergency room....
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BOSMAN said...

Until you pay towards your Insurance Premium, YOU'RE NOT INSURED whether you enrolled or not.

Many are probably waiting for a bill from an insurance company that has no idea they're enrolled with them.

A potential financial disaster in the making if you're one of these folks in need of medical attention. My guess is YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE for any bills if not officially covered.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. But some people have paid--just not the way they intended, with the gov somehow finding it's way into their bank accts and withdrawing funds when they weren't expecting it.