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 Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:10 am|
|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.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 29, 2012 8:07 am|
In a move that should surprise no one, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) officially wrote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform them Arizona will not set up its own health care exchange. This means the federal government will instead need to set up an exchange in the state.
Arizona is just the latest in a long line of states to officially decide to leave the management of their exchanges up to the federal government. Frankly, I consider this a positive development.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 25, 2012 10:00 am|
The government of Vermont continues to chug along with their multi-year plan to establish a universal health care system modeled on single payer. The most recent step is that the two chambers of the legislature have approved a new bill creating the health care exchange required by the Affordable Care Act and to require everyone to purchase insurance through the Exchange.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 13, 2012 9:08 am|
To bring New York into compliance with the Affordable Care Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo had to create the new exchange in his state through executive order.