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Offline mystery-ak

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 by Dr. Susan Berry 23 Oct 2013, 1:57 AM PDT

Defenders of President Obama’s signature health reform legislation claim the states that put effort into establishing their own exchanges, mostly Democrat-led, are signing people up successfully for ObamaCare. A new report, however, indicates that most of the individuals signing up in these state-run exchanges are enrolling into Medicaid.

Rachana Dixit at InsideHealthPolicy wrote Tuesday that enrollment into Medicaid in many of the state-run exchanges is “significantly outpacing the number of people that so far have enrolled into qualified health plans.” Medicaid enrollment numbers, Dixit observed, have reached tens of thousands in states such as Maryland, Washington, and Oregon.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had projected that seven million people would enroll in the ObamaCare exchanges in 2014 while eight million would enroll in Medicaid. If Health and Human Services (HHS) hopes to get seven million enrolled by the end of March, about a third of them need to be healthy, young enrollees who will foot the bill for the higher risk patients who will need more health care services.

Dixit wrote that, in light of the significant problems the ObamaCare rollout has experienced, consultants tracking the exchanges are now wondering whether enough young and healthy enrollees will actually sign up to make ObamaCare work.

For example, Maryland’s state-run exchange - Maryland Health Connection - states 82,473 residents as of September had enrolled in Medicaid for coverage beginning January 1st, yet, between October 1st and 17th, there were 2,393 enrollments into the qualified health insurance plans.

Similarly, in the state of Washington, as of October 21st, 4,529 enrollments had been completed into the health insurance plans, while 19,658 enrolled as newly eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Minnesota’s exchange reported 406 individuals with completed applications for the qualified health plans, but nearly 2,500 have enrolled in Medicaid.

In Connecticut, as of October 11th, Access Health CT reported 1,443 applications for private health insurance plans and 1,544 for Medicaid.

The Oregon Health Plan enrolled 56,000 people into the state’s Medicaid program, but these sign-ups did not take place through the state’s exchange. Cover Oregon itself will not launch until October 25th.

Dixit noted that in order for a person to be officially enrolled into a plan, they must pay their first premium. Consequently, administration officials say they expect enrollment to increase as January 1st gets closer.

An industry source reportedly informed Dixit that while insurance carriers are receiving enrollment transactions daily, many of them contain errors.

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How did the most transparent administration in history ever allow information like this to get out?

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In other words, a bunch of leeches signed up.
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In other words, a bunch of leeches signed up.

This also means these were people already eligible for medicaid and likely too dense to know to sign up for medicaid before now... BTW being in medicaid is no cakewalk, they do create more government jobs because the people on medicaid have social workers assigned to them...

Also... good luck finding a doctor.... very few doctors take medicaid patients these days because they are a money loser.
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A similar story has happened in New York, where 23,717 signed up for Medicaid and 13,313 signed up for all of the other private insurers combined. Keep in mind, New York's Medicaid is the Cadillac of Medicaid programs, with some of the most generous benefits available. Already the counties are straining at the expense of funding it (the state and counties split the difference 50/50 even though the counties never had a hand in approving it). This Obamacare program is going to have a rough impact on taxes if this continues.
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And I think the Obama administration is bragging that these people "signed up for Obamacare" as part of their success story ..........right??
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