More Than a Glitch

Insurers say the calculation of subsidies people qualify for is unreliable:

dai-obamacare-aca_304For instance, one major insurance carrier, Cigna, sent a notice Wednesday to insurance brokers instructing them to wait until November to try to sign up customers who might qualify for a subsidy, according to Joseph Mondy, a Cigna spokesman. He said that the company does not yet trust the reliability of the part of the exchange that is supposed to calculate the tax credits that will, for the first time, help some Americans pay for private health coverage.

Cigna is one of the insurers that has built its own online “portal” for brokers to use, but that portal must communicate with the federal exchange to find out about a potential subsidy. (More)

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  1. Connor says:

    The exchange seems to be doing more harm than good.

  2. Nicholas says:

    “Cigna is one of the insurers that has built its own online “portal” for brokers to use, but that portal must communicate with the federal exchange”

    Unfortunately Cigna couldn’t operate as a stand-alone entity to meet the needs of customers.

  3. Lucas says:

    “Norbert Crabtree, 46, an accounting consultant in South Carolina, logged on to at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and finished enrolling about 90 minutes later. The main hitch, he said, was that “they were asking me security questions about a street I lived on 20 years ago. I got that wrong and got kicked out once.””

    At least some people are enrolling. However, the website needs a serious overhaul.

    • James says:

      What would you have them do?

      • Lucas says:

        Several things, the most important of which is making the website a reflection of those signing up. Insurance is already complicated enough for older people, and the government is just making it more so

  4. Lucas says:

    For starters, they need to realize that the process needs to be much smoother. Citizens should also be able to view an assortment of plans before they have to enter all of their information.

  5. Rudy says:

    I understand that by nature people are resistant to change, but Obamacare as a whole has done very little to gain my support of this change.

    • Carter says:

      Restored my faith in humanity. That a government actually cares about its people.

      • Rudy says:

        Does it?

        Have you not realized that your beloved government has failed to do their job because of their egos? Do you know how many people are hurting because of this?

  6. Rutledge says:

    “Turner, 51, one of a number of software engineers who have written online critiques of the system, said the most infuriating one involves his wife. According to the system, he said, “I have four spouses.””

    This could cause an issue.