ObamaCare sign-up date pushed to Christmas
By Elise Viebeck
Federal health officials announced a delay Friday for people seeking ObamaCare coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2014.
Rather than signing up for health insurance by Dec. 15, as previously required, these users will have until Dec. 23 to choose their plans.
The policies will still begin on Jan. 1 of next year, said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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By Gil Aegerter
Staff Writer, NBC News
Executives of companies that built key parts of the federal government’s troubled health-insurance website will have some explaining to do when they appear before a congressional committee Thursday, just weeks after the companies assured the lawmakers that the healthcare.gov website was on course for a smooth launch.
Since executives from the companies last appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 10, the website that is a critical to implementing President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act has gotten off to a rocky start, with technical glitches preventing many consumers from even creating accounts, much less signing up for health insurance.
The problems with the online exchange — intended to allow Americans to comparison shop for coverage and then sign up for their preferred policy — have fired up critics of the “Obamacare” law, giving them new hope that they can delay it or even repeal it. The early snafu also has prompted a full-court press by the administration to get it up and running, thereby containing the political damage and keeping implementation of the law on schedule.
It’s against this tumultuous backdrop that officials of two of the main contractors hired to build the website – CGI Federal, the lead firm on healthcare.gov with $300 million in contracts, and software maker QSSI – will testify on Thursday.
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Open enrollment has begun under the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — and the kickoff has generated tremendous interest from Americans. But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the enrollment process actually works.
This week, millions of people flocked to Heathcare.gov, the program’s main website, to find out more about the options. That website then directs people to online insurance marketplaces where they can sign up for health insurance based on the state they live in.
The large number of people trying to access the website led to outages and delays caused by the unexpectedly high traffic volume.
The Obama administration hopes 7 million people will sign up for insurance during the 2014-2015 year, and more than 1 million Americans visited Healthcare.gov before 7 a.m. ET on the first day of enrollment alone.
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Obamacare by the numbers
We’re already seeing clear signs that Obamacare is working. Reports show that consumers have saved more than $2 billion on their premiums with the help of Obamacare’s protections against overcharging by insurance companies. And the Census Bureau reported this week that the number of uninsured Americans fell from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent this year — the first decrease in years. Take a look at this post on Obamacare’s impact, and be sure others do, too.
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