OBAMACARE BENEFITS BREAKDOWN – The applicants who manage to make it past the problems with ObamaCare’s online home to sign up for subsidized insurance are finding even bigger problems in actually getting covered. From the WSJ: “Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data… Emerging errors include duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations, say executives at more than a dozen health plans.” Read more, via Fox News.
Design Firm Removes All Reference To Its Work On Obamacare From Its Website
Teal Media was founded by a former member of Obama’s campaign design team. The firm says it took down all reference to its work on HealthCare.gov “in consultation” with the administration. Update: Teal Media put Heathcare.Gov references back on their website following this report. The firm did not respond to a request for comment on the changes.
WASHINGTON — Visit the website of Michigan-based design firm Teal Media today and you’d never know designers there helped create HealthCare.gov, the troubled online portal for Obamacare.
Just a few days ago, the site looked very different. Teal Media’s homepage featured its work on Obamacare prominently, placing a link to the firm’s work on one of the most well-known websites in America front and center. Now that link, as well as the page devoted to Teal’s work on HealthCare.gov, have been removed.
Teal Media doesn’t seem interested in talking about its work on HealthCare.gov. A woman who answered the phone at the company’s headquarters immediately referred BuzzFeed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) before a single question was asked. CMS is listed as Teal’s client on the firm’s now-erased HealthCare.gov page.
When asked about the changed content on the Teal Media site, the woman said that was done ‘in consultation with HHS,” and again referred a reporter to CMS.
A CMS spokesperson declined to comment on the record.”
Error message –Whatever the problems with the site and the benefits, not many people are making it through the door. Internal memos obtained by the Associated Press reveal the administration had “estimated that 494,620 people would sign up for health insurance under the program by Oct. 31. And that was portrayed as a slow start.” The reality though looks to be much worse. In some states, the numbers have been downright miniscule. In South Dakota, only 23 individuals signed up in the past two weeks.
“Muller said people in her office have tried the online exchange, but have been unable to get all the way through the process.
“There are still some hangups, but we know it is working. I don’t know the answer for why it works for some and it doesn’t work for others,” Muller said.
Muller said she doesn’t know how many South Dakotans will eventually sign up for insurance through the online exchange.
“Let’s see what the consumers say,” she said.” SOURCE: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/content/least-23-sign-sd-insurance-exchange?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Total overhaul – Tech experts tell USA Today: “The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system.”
“WASHINGTON — The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY.
The site could be perfect, but if the systems from which it draws data are not up to speed, it doesn’t matter, said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, a cloud computer service provider.
“It is a core problem in the sense of it’s fundamental to this thing actually working, but it’s not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to,” Engates said. “Even if they had a perfect system, it still won’t work.” SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/17/health-exchange-week-three-start-over/2995989/