‘Enrollees can expect new obstacles; many will need to go back to square one’
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 19 – Documentation woes plague Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act prepares to begin its second year.
“More than 100,000 enrollees will lose coverage this month because the government claims they have failed to prove they are eligible for coverage. And, more than 300,000 others may lose subsidies because they allegedly haven’t provided income verification. But many of these individuals may be victims of the system,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
A full year after the “botched” roll out of Obamacare, the systems that were put in place are still not working properly. Thus, says Weber, eligibility and income verification documentation may have been lost or misfiled in the back-end of the healthcare.gov Web site.
“In fact, officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have admitted to Congress that Web site is still loaded with bugs, despite a price tag for installation and repairs that is approaching the Billion Dollar mark.”
The government is well aware of the new problems those who opted for Obamacare will face this year. That’s why the administration is “strongly” suggesting that individuals enrolled in Obamacare plans should re-visit the healthcare.gov Web site to check out their policies, which were supposed to be automatically renewed.
Officials say that the great majority of those who signed up last year will, indeed, be automatically renewed. But, Andrew M. Slavitt, Deputy Administrator at CMM, has cautioned those who enrolled last year that it is in their best interests to go back to the Web site to find out what kind of coverage they will have in the coming year.
In other words, renewal of coverage is automatic but your policies, premiums and subsidies may not be the same as they were last year.
Meanwhile, the CATO Institute warns that “thousands, possibly millions, of insurance policies will be cancelled over the next several months for not including all of Obamacare’s mandates which will increase the confusion for individuals.”
“The Affordable Care Act is not so affordable, after all, as many who signed up have already found out. Adding insult to injury, the promise that you could “keep your doctor” turned out to be a ‘four Pinocchio” lie, as the Washington Post reported, and now, it turns out, you may not be able to keep your Obamacare plan. You may need to go back to square one,” Weber said.
This year’s enrollment period will not be extended as it was last year. It will start on November 15 and end on February 15.
“Glitches abound. So, those who were forced to sign up last year had better do their homework. And, while you’re at it, tell those candidates seeking your vote this November that the greatest health care system on the planet has been undermined by the law. Tell them to go back to the drawing boards and devise a new plan, one that makes sense,” the AMAC chief suggested.
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