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OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINES

The deadline for open enrollment for Medicare is DECEMBER 7 2013. The deadline for enrolling in Covered California to ensure January 1 2014 effective date is DECEMBER 15th 2013. Open enrollment for Covered California (Obamacare) continues through March 31st 2014 but you are not assured of coverage as of January 1st. It is not too late to realize coverage January 1, 2014, do not delay – call Jeremy at (310) 486-7625 asap.

Successful Applications on Covered California

In an article by Chad Terhune October 9, 2013, the LA Times reported that 29,000 people had successfully applied for coverage with Covered California the preceding week.
Covered California released the data earlier than planned to counter “misinformation” and reports about widespread glitches preventing people from signing up.
“This continued drumbeat of doubters and misinformation made us say, ‘Let’s put this out,'” Lee said. Pointing to persistent Republican efforts in Washington to defund or delay Obamacare as a federal government shutdown drags on, Lee said that “you can’t derail something when it has already left the station. We are going very strong.”
California’s enrollment efforts are significant because of its size and strong political backing for the Affordable Care Act. California is one of 14 states running their own insurance exchange; the federal government is operating the marketplace in the 36 other states.
“This is a good start, but the pace of enrollment will have to accelerate for California to meet its goals,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “I hope they have eliminated the glitches.”
In California, 16,311 households had completed the application process through Saturday the 5th, representing 28,699 people. Consumers had started an additional 27,305 applications that are still pending while they consider their options and keep shopping.
“This blew the socks off anything we expected,” Lee said.
Lee acknowledged that the state website has been slow and “clunky” in the first week, but he said computer upgrades are making it “faster every day.” He also said service-center employees were answering calls within five minutes by the end of last week, down from 30 minutes beforehand.
Experts say the real test for California and other exchanges will come in November and early December when websites, call centers and enrollment counselors come under even greater pressure. Enrollment in exchanges nationwide runs through March 31. But consumers must sign up by Dec. 15 if they want coverage in effect by Jan. 1.

Application Glitches Being Worked Out – Obamacare

Covered California shut down its online enrollment system Saturday night through early Monday morning for what it described as “regular maintenance.” Last week, the state took enrollment offline two other times to address problems consumers had with repeated error messages and general slowness on the site. Some people said they were finally able to create an account on the website after numerous attempts, but they still couldn’t log in and complete the sign-up process for coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Officials attributed the initial problems primarily to a larger-than-expected response during the first week of enrollment.



Enrollment in the exchange lasts until March 31, 2014, although you must pick a plan by Dec. 15, 2013 to have coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014. “We continue to make improvements and address issues as they arise,” said Covered California spokeswoman Anne Gonzales. “The pages were loading more easily and quickly as of late last week.” 

 California allows consumers to get price quotes and compare health plans anonymously without first creating a personal account. That requirement on other state websites appeared to create extensive problems. California plans to launch an online tool that allows people to search for specific doctors and hospitals by health plan before choosing an insurer. That feature was delayed last week as state officials addressed the enrollment issues. “Covered California had an enormous challenge to develop an IT system to manage such a large program,” said Patrick Johnston, president of the California Assn. of Health Plans. “It is working and the fact there are adjustments in the early days only means the demands were great.”
Reported by Chad Terhune – October 7, 2013

Overwhelming Interest in Initial Obamacare Offering

According to an LA Times article by Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune
October 5, 2013, since the new marketplaces opened Tuesday, millions of Americans have flooded websites, call centers and insurance offices seeking information about health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act.

More than 8.5 million people visited the federal site last week, according to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and California’s Marketplace, Covered California, had 514,000 visitors to its website the first day of enrollment.

“Blue Shield of California said its consumer call volume more than doubled last week with hundreds of people asking about their options under the healthcare law and whether they qualified for federal subsidies,” the article stated.
Additionally, the federal call center received 406,000 calls covering residents of 36 states that are not running their own online markets.

Very few of those potential customers have been able to complete the process of applying for coverage because of a number of technical problems.

“Clearly there is a lot of interest in getting health insurance out there,” said Joel Ario, a former state insurance commissioner and Obama administration official who, like many, was surprised by the outpouring.

Fewer than 4 in 10 adults said they were familiar with the new marketplaces, with three quarters of the uninsured saying they were unfamiliar with the marketplaces.
Millions of low- and moderate-income Americans who make less than four times the federal poverty level — or about $46,000 for individuals and up to about $94,000 for a family of four — will qualify for government subsidies to help with their premiums. Officials hope to enroll 7 million people next year.

For help in answering your questions and assistance in applying for the new healthcare options, call Jeremy at (310) 486-7625.