|November 22nd, 2013, 12:35 PM||#1|
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Little Dictator At It Again
Health Law’s Enrollment Period Is Extended by 8 Days
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ROBERT PEAR
Published: November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that it would give people eight more days, until Dec. 23, to sign up for health insurance coverage that takes effect on Jan. 1 under the new health care law.
Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said officials recognized that consumers might need more time to compare and select health insurance plans because of the technical problems that have plagued the online federal insurance marketplace since it opened at the beginning of last month.
The administration also said it would delay the 2015 insurance enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act by a month, pushing it beyond the 2014 midterm elections.
The decision means that people who have not signed up for insurance by the end of March will have to wait until Nov. 15, 2014, to apply again. The second enrollment period was previously scheduled to begin on Oct. 15, 2014.
It also means that insurance companies will have an extra month to set their rates for 2015 after taking into account who has signed up for coverage during the current enrollment period. The companies will now have until the end of May to set their rates for the following year.
“This gives them more time to assess the pool of people who are getting insurance through the marketplaces and make decisions about what rates will look like in the coming year,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.
The decision to move the 2015 open enrollment beyond the midterm elections, which will be held Nov. 4, could help Democratic candidates who have been worried that another debacle involving the health care law’s website, HealthCare.gov, would hurt them just as they are facing voters.
Officials said the reason for the change was to give insurance companies more time to evaluate the success of the new insurance marketplaces, which have been dogged by technical and public relations problems.
The more young and healthy people who sign up during the initial enrollment period, the lower the rates will be the following year. Officials said they expected those customers to wait until the last minute to sign up and wanted to give insurance companies more time to set their premiums.
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|November 22nd, 2013, 01:08 PM||#2|
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That's not politically motivated at all. Doesn't that mean that millions with pre-existing conditions will have to go at least another month without health care coverage in 2014?
|November 22nd, 2013, 01:20 PM||#3|
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Gee....I guess that's dependent-upon how soon the Obamacare Website starts KICKIN' ASS!!!!!
|November 22nd, 2013, 01:30 PM||#4|
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Published: October 25, 2013 698 Comments
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that it would fix problems in the federal health insurance marketplace by Nov. 30, just two weeks before the deadline to sign up for coverage to replace health insurance policies being canceled because they do not meet new federal standards."
The new ObamaCare rescue plan: Just don't use Healthcare.gov - The Week
"Now, it appears that the Obama administration has a Plan B: Make the website irrelevant.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that pretty soon private insurance companies and brokers will be able to enroll all customers directly, including those applying for federal subsidies. That means "people interested in buying health insurance under ObamaCare could soon skip the Healthcare.gov website" entirely, says Jeffrey Young at The Huffington Post.
There's one big flaw in that Healthcare.gov workaround, of course. The federal and state websites are supposed to be online marketplaces, where you can shop for insurance plans like you would airline tickets on Expedia or Kayak. "Going directly to a health insurance company or a private broker would mean consumers couldn't comparison shop for all available options," acknowledges Young, but "it would make it easier to obtain coverage for next year in advance of the Dec. 15 deadline to choose a plan that will be in place on New Year's Day."
|November 25th, 2013, 03:07 PM||#5|
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|November 25th, 2013, 06:48 PM||#6|
I'm debt free
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Location: Lebanon, TN
Affordable Care Act. Approval dropped to 31 percent, down 12 points since October.
HOW LOW CAN IT GO..
Remember the senate control follows the popularity of the sitting president.
President approval sucks, opposition gains or regains power.
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