The number of people who have selected plans on the new state or federally run exchanges has reached four million according to the Obama administration. Health and Human Services claims approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based marketplaces since October 1, but a full enrollment report for the month won’t be out until mid-March.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:56 am|
Only about 5-10 million people are probably going to sign up for coverage on the new exchanges this year. So the insurers are going to spend about $50 per new costumer on advertising plus the hundreds of million the government is also spending on behalf of their outreach, exchange operation, and navigators. Money that would not be spent if we simply expanded public insurance to the uninsured.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 13, 2013 7:35 am|
Problems with the Healthcare.gov website as well as low enrollment means significantly fewer people are going to be covered come January than the Obama administration planned, so they are doing everything they can to maximize the numbers.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:10 am|
On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the exchanges in the first two month, with 227,478 selecting plans on the state run exchanges and 137,204 selecting plans on the federal Healthcare.gov.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:48 am|
The Obama administration has managed to make some significant improvements to Healthcare.gov but it is still not working as well as the administration has led people to believe. On Sunday they bragged the site “has the capacity to handle 50,000 concurrent or simultaneous users at one time.” But the very next day that was proven [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 12, 2013 2:10 pm|
There is now a lot of talk about a “death spiral” and “unraveling” if the problems with Healthcare.gov aren’t fixed in time, but there can’t be a death spiral. At worst it will just hit with an anemic thud..
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 25, 2013 12:00 pm|
Right now Healthcare.gov not working is mostly just an embarrassing political failure but if it is not working by the beginning of December that will have big real world implications. You could have millions of people who were told they would get insurance being unable to enroll. Some of these people will have been kicked off their old plans because their plans don’t meet the new Obamacare standards and they are expecting to get new coverage through the exchanges.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 25, 2013 8:20 am|
One of the most infuriating things about this current debate over the Obamacare website is that all these millions of dollars, dozens of contractors, and thousand of people hired as navigators is for a completely unnecessary middleman just to help people select another unnecessary middleman.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 2, 2013 12:10 pm|
Creating roughly a hundred new health insurance exchanges, one for individuals and one for small businesses in each state, is not cheap. So far the Department of Health and Human Services has rewarded about $3.7 billion in exchange grants to the states according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 30, 2013 1:10 pm|
An online marketplace without any competition would seem like a pretty silly idea but that will apparently be the reality in New Hampshire. The only choice for people using the new exchange in New Hampshire will be Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire. It was the only company that applied.