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O-Care Deadline Waived For People With Glitches

First have this from the Wall Street Journal:

Health Site Plans Deadline Leeway

By Christopher Weaver, Spencer E. Ante and Louise Radnofsky | March 14, 2014

Federal officials are planning a workaround that would effectively extend the March 31 deadline to enroll for health-care coverage for some users if technical glitches hamper a last-minute surge of signups on HealthCare.gov, people familiar with the matter say…

Under the workaround plan, people who can demonstrate that they tried to enroll in a plan before the deadline, but failed because of website troubles, would be able to sign up after March 31.

Details are still being hammered out, including how long the so-called special-enrollment period would last and what documentation people might need to offer as proof they were blocked by glitches, say people familiar with the matter…

Hint: there will be no need for documentation. So, in effect, the March 31st deadline has just been waived for anyone who still wants to buy Obama-Care. After all, they want as many people as possible to sign-up. So why quibble about deadlines?

Obama administration officials say they won’t formally extend the open-enrollment period to all shoppers and they don’t believe they have the legal authority to do so. But in congressional testimony on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed to allude to the backup plan, saying of potential enrollees "if, through no fault of their own, they were unable to enroll, that eligibility extends to a delayed enrollment period, and they will have a special enrollment." …

Right. In fact, this was the same Congressional hearing where Ms. Sebelius said there would be no more delays in the Obama-Care deadlines.

And then there is this from the Washington Post:

HHS will let sickest patients stay on their health plans longer

By Jason Millman | March 14, 2014

The Obama administration is again extending a temporary Obamacare program insuring some of the sickest patients in the country amid concerns not enough people will find new coverage by the end of the month.

People enrolled in the temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which was set to expire March 31, can purchase an extra month of coverage, the Obama administration said this afternoon. The PCIP program covers people who traditionally had trouble affording or finding individual insurance because of a medical condition.

The White House is standing by the March 31 deadline for enrollment, but the administration’s announcement shows that officials are carving out more exceptions to it…

The hell you say!

This marks the third extension of the Affordable Care Act’s $5 billion high-risk pool program, which under the health care law was supposed to sunset at the end of 2013…

Enrollment in the program was lower than expected, but the administration struggled with low funding… CMS suspended new enrollment in February 2013 in order to pay for existing members. About 100,000 people were enrolled in PCIP plans at the time.

That is, even though nobody has enrolled, they still ran out of money almost immediately. Which is a pattern we are going to see with Obama-Care itself.

In a separate announcement Friday, HHS said insurers selling health plans in Obamacare exchanges cannot deny coverage to same-sex couples.

Oh, okay then. So there is yet another change to the immutable ‘Law Of The Land.’ And never mind how much this is going to cost. And never mind that states are supposed to set their marriage laws.

Obama is king.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “O-Care Deadline Waived For People With Glitches”

  1. Has anyone told the IRS?

  2. Astravogel

    I have a glitch in my right knee, and another where I won’t mention…

  3. canary

    Jay Carney said the delay is for insurance to set next years rates.




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