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50-60K Paper O-Care Applications Unprocessed

From the Daily Caller:

Report: 50,000-60,000 paper Obamacare applications still haven’t been processed

By Jamie Weinstein | December 16, 2013

While the Obama administration boasts that the front end of healthcare.gov is supposedly working better, the government reportedly still has to process over 50,000 paper applications it took in when the site was all but inoperable. The stunning number was buried in a Washington Post report Friday.

“Even though HealthCare.gov has been working better since the start of the month, there are still reasons why people may be having trouble getting coverage,” Amy Goldstein reports for the Post. “One significant reason is that the federal marketplace has accumulated a backlog of 50,000 to 60,000 paper applications as cracks have appeared in that low-tech method offered this fall as a backup plan, according to government officials.” …

But the problem doesn’t stop with the 50,000 to 60,000 paper applications that haven’t been processed. The government apparently hasn’t notified many of the 100,000 consumers whose applications have been processed, so they have not been able to fully enroll in Obamacare yet…

As Goldstein notes, paper applications don’t allow individuals to fully enroll in Obamacare, but are “are supposed to handle the important step of determining whether a consumer qualifies for a federal subsidy to pay for a private health plan or qualifies for a public program for people with lower incomes, such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” …

That is to say, even after you enroll in Obama-Care you still have to contact the insurance company because the paper applications don’t allow you to fully enroll. All they do is tell you if you can get a subsidy or Medicaid or CHIP. You know, the important stuff.

Meanwhile, there is also this from the Washington Post:

Exclusive: Thousands of HealthCare.gov sign-ups didn’t make it to insurers

By Sarah Kliff | December 14, 2013

Enrollment records for close to 15,000 HealthCare.gov shoppers were not initially transmitted to the insurance plans they selected, according to a preliminary federal estimate released Saturday…

The preliminary estimate that fewer than 15,000 enrollments failed to reach carriers comes from a recently completed federal analysis that compared the number of shoppers who clicked "enroll" with the number of digital files HealthCare.gov fired off to health-insurance plans….

"Fewer than"? Are they trying to downplay the number? Given how few actually enrollments there have been, 15,000 is quite a lot of screw-ups.

[D]igital files are known in the insurance industry as "834 transmissions"… have become the focus of much attention since insurers noticed some arriving with flaws or in duplicate…

During the first two weeks of October, the new federal analysis estimates, nearly 10 percent of enrollments were missing an 834 transmission. That number rose to 15 percent in mid-October before steadily declining through November.

From late November into early December, CMS estimates that less than 1 percent of sign-ups failed to send a record to the health insurer, indicating that a suite of software fixes have helped address the problem.

So we don’t need to worry. The problem is being fixed.

The missing enrollment files are one of three problems with the 834 transmissions that the federal government has identified. The other two are enrollment transmissions being sent in duplicate and those that are sent with inaccurate, or missing, data..

So how many people are walking thinking they have insurance through Obama-Care who don’t have insurance through Obama-Care?

And who are all of these people going to sue when they get into an accident and find out they don’t have insurance, after all?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, December 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “50-60K Paper O-Care Applications Unprocessed”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    “And who are all of these people going to sue when they get into an accident and find out they don’t have insurance, after all?”

    Sadly, it’s part of the plan. The first time that someone is hurt in an accident and finds out they are not covered, the media has in-the-waiting canned blame for the republicans. The government will, as it’s doing now, remain silent.

    They will then, like Jabba The Hut, open their big, fat, gob and pronounce “single-payer for everyone!”.

    The fact that people will get hurt is a useful tool for them to exploit, like all communists have used in the past.

  2. I can sum it all up in two words .. Mike Shanahan.

    Yes, former Denver Bronco coach and current Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. When Mike was in Denver he was happy, focused, the team and fans loved him and he was brilliant. John Elway era of back to back Superbowl Titles.

    Then he went to Washington. Watch Mike on the sidelines since 2010. That boy has lost his mind. He’s angry. His face is always glowering and red. He stomps around. The owner doesn’t like him. The team doesn’t like him. Mike has nearly ruined a Franchise quarterback and the fans hate Mike. The sporting press has turned on him.

    How does this relate?

    Mike entered the alternate reality zone that is inside the Beltway. And we have been witness to what it does to real people. The ‘signing-up’ was never about Insurance It was always about Big Date. And that .. is how crazy all this is. Big Data. Not the people who conceive of these Plans .. ut the average everyday folk who work for them who DON’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG IN WHAT THEY’RE DOING. THEY GO ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYER .. JUST LIKE AVERAGE GERMANS BEING TOLD TO GET ON TOP OF THE JEWS.

    Coming into the alternate reality inside the Beltway, average people lose their fricking minds and do things they would never dream of doing Outside in the Real World.




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