health insurance exchanges
At least 23 people in South Dakota have signed up for health insurance in the first two weeks policies have been offered through an Internet exchange that’s part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The Obama administration’s internal projections called for strong enrollment in the states in the first year of new health insurance markets, according to unpublished estimates obtained by The Associated Press. Whether those expectations will bear out is unclear.
Obama Administration Shrugged Off GAO Report That Timely Marketplace Rollouts Could Not Be Guaranteed
The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for coverage using the new marketplaces.
Louisiana’s insurance commissioner said Monday that there is “no way at all” that people have enough information to make decisions when the new health insurance marketplaces created by the federal Affordable Care Act open next week.
Nearly half of U.S. births are paid for by Medicaid — a number likely to increase in 2014, as some states will extend Medicaid to thousands of uninsured, low-income women under the Affordable Care Act.