Health Insurance Is Gaining Momentum – Part 1 of 3
Health Insurance Is Gaining Momentum. Many more Americans signed up for a constitution plan in November than in the troubled first month of open enrollment through the new state and federal marketplaces created as voice of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government reported Wednesday. Roughly a quarter of a million people selected coverage in November alone, the report indicated. In all, nearly 365000 consumers have selected a vigour plan through the state and federal marketplaces – also known as exchanges – during the first two months of operation.
Still, the pace of enrollment remains suddenly below the volume needed to reach the Obama administration’s initial goal of enrolling 7 million people in 2014. Consumers seeking coverage through state and federal marketplaces must enroll by Dec 23, 2013 and hit their first month’s premium by Dec 31, 2013 to have coverage effective on Jan 1, 2014. The report’s release came just an hour before US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to update members on the significance of the health-reform law sometimes called “Obamacare”.
Sebelius on Wednesday announced a three-pronged internal study of the flawed launch of the HealthCare dot gov website. “Now that the website is working more smoothly, I’ve determined it’s the truth time to begin a process of better understanding the structural and managerial policies that led to the flawed launch, so we can take action and avoid these problems in the future,” she told the committee. Sebelius said she has asked HHS Inspector General Dan Levinson to notice the development of the HealthCare dot gov website, including contractor acquisition, overall management of the project and performance and payment of contractors.