Last-minute software glitches hit Obamacare launch
Less than two weeks before going live, the federal government's health care exchange is miscalculating prices.
Obamacare is facing an uphill battle on many fronts, ranging from skeptical consumers to more than a dozen states rebelling against the law's Medicaid expansion.
But now, another obstacle is threatening the Affordable Care Act's effectiveness, and it comes from the federal government itself: Software glitches are creating incorrect coverage pricing, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The problems affect the government's insurance marketplace, which consumers in 36 states will use to buy health coverage starting on Oct. 1.
The states partaking in the federal exchange include some of the country's most populous, including Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Others, such as New York and California, have created their own state-run exchanges.
Despite the glitches, the Obama administration told The Journal the rollout will go ahead on Oct. 1 as scheduled. The article didn't detail the types of miscalculations bedeviling the system now.
But the problems could lead to setbacks for the health care insurance overhaul, if they aren't ironed out soon. The exchanges are designed to help provide insurance to the 32 million uninsured people who live in the states where the federal software will be used.
Consumers will be able to sign up for insurance offline, in case the software is still balky at the start of the signup period, The Journal notes.
How the law will affect pricing for individuals is still largely unknown, although a recent study indicates that insurance costs will vary widely depending on where enrollees live.
A 40-year-old single man living in Burlington, Vt., for example, would shell out $413 per month for the second-lowest-cost "silver" plan, or about 70% more than what he would pay if he lived in Washington, D.C., according to a study earlier this month from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Large companies are worried about the law's cost, given that any employer with more than 50 workers must provide health coverage, or pay a fine.
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
the govt cant even get this thingstarted. just imagine when they try to actually run it.
you voted for it america. enjoy it
there have been more negative articlesconcerning obamacare on this liberal leaning website then positve ones.
why is that? because not even liberals are able to find positive stories about obamacare no matter how hard they try.
there is nothing positive about it, otherwise there would be tons of reports on it.
obamacare is a train wreck.
enjoy your higher taxes middle class
I imagine it would be very difficult to program something if you don't know what's in it, so what can be expected? Glitches--lots and lots of them. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm dead of old age before this mess is straightened out, if ever it is.
I am an insurance broker. For me to provide help to individuals and small businesses in the Marketplace I had to be certified to do so (Affordable Care Act). I did that. At that point CMS has software that is suppose to verify that I am who I say that I am etc.
Registration Process for Agents & Brokers has Two parts.
Long story short part Two will not let me login to complete the process. I have tried to log in everyday 10-15 times. I get an Error message every time. I have called the Exchange Operations Service Center 3 times to date and the answer is " We know we have a problem." Oct 1, 2014 this thing is suppose to launch. What gives?
It would not be so bad but I have lost already lost thousands of dollars due to the MLR guidelines forcing the Health Insurance companies to adjust commissions, plus the Health Insurance companies have to pay billions of dollars for this to work. The insurance companies don't have much of a chose put to pass all of this on to the consumer if they want to stay in business. Free or Cheap I don't think so. I have multiple individuals that are depending on me to help them and I can't get CMS to fix a Login problem. Amazing.
Software requires a project plan.
A project plan requires project requirements.
Project requirements requires knowledgeable solution architects.
Program requirements are the result of users who understand the needs of the business.
A business needs to define it's need for improvement and potential ROI
Another great copy and paste article then top it off with Amiee's left wing agenda = MSN
BTW - If you live in DC you most likely work for BIGOVERNMENT & get a 70% subsidy for your healthcare.
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