Although healthcare.gov sputtered at launch and was riddled with myriad problems, it ‘s enrollment numbers are climbing. As of February 1, 2014, 3,299,492 individuals have selected a marketplace plan. However, I need to make an important distinction with this enrollment number, this is not the number of people who paid for a plan. We won’t get those numbers for a few more months. While I am not an industry analyst, I know this figure won’t convert at 100 percent but will be less – just how less remains to be seen. While the state-based exchanges have, for the most part, fared better than healthcare.gov – healthcare.gov is now gaining steam. With little over a month left for open enrollments, it is hard to say how many of the 49 million uninsured will sign up. But we know enrollments will continue to increase.
As Obamacare health insurance marketplaces move into the new year and deal with new challenges, they still have a long way to go even after the flurry of enrollments received during the last couple of days in December. They are still well below the targets set in October.
However, moving the target numbers aside, the way the administration has bounced back is commendable. People are starting to get in a position that will help them reap the promised benefits of Obamacare in the coming future. Although things are swiftly improving, there are some recent developments that are going to have an impact on how the next couple of months play out. Following are the top three developments expected to have long term effect on Obamacare.
Continuing from the first part of the series, we bring you the next five highlights of Obamacare that have had a major impact. If you haven’t read the first part of our series, click here .
From late November to December 2013, a lot happened on the Obamacare front. There have been several improvements and fixes, but the administration is still struggling with a variety of errors and problems. We bring you the highlights six through ten that were the talk of Americans, administration, and health insurance industry experts from the last quarter in 2013.
In the last couple of months, the Obama administration has experienced several ups and downs that have played with its popularity, the nation’s hopes, and the vision of having a fully insured America. While there have been several missteps, the success achieved cannot be undermined. Enrollments are up, the administration’s strategy is gaining steam and the first three months of 2014 should bring major improvements.
As 2013 has come to a close with the final quarter seeing a lot of activity, we would like to rewind the developments of the last three months and present the top 10 highlights of the Obamacare implementation in a two-part series.
With only a few days left to enroll through health insurance marketplaces, the administration is struggling to provide full support in the enrollment process. Even after repeated promises and several attempts at fixing a stumbling site, the Obama administration is still a long way off its target mark for enrollments and signups.
Needless to say, most of the issues are technical in nature, connected or associated with healthcare.gov. We uncovered the four critical technical measures that can save Obamacare, even at this stage.
As evident from the outcome, the management of Obamacare health insurance marketplace implementation was not a strategic success. However, there is no doubt that Obamacare was a well-planned endeavor that hopefully will result in lowering of healthcare costs (as this remains to be proven), if not all other aims it had set for itself before the implementation.
Experts have highlighted some essential aspects that need to be the strategic focus for elongating the success of the act. Let’s take a look at the top six aspects that deserve lasting strategic attention from the government for maximizing the progress.
If Obama’s healthcare.gov had worked, the last three months would have been about celebrations, accolades, and a merrier holiday for the administration. However, there is no second opinion about the abysmal performance of the federal marketplace, and poor management of the entire campaign.
So, what went wrong? Were these mistakes a product of incomplete planning at conceptualization state, or did the administration fail to control the momentum of a nation mobilized toward enrolling? Well, the answer is – both. Let us take you through the top five mistakes made with Obamacare, and the steps were put in by the administration to handle them, including the results achieved.
December was, without a doubt, the most positive month for the troubled heathcare.gov and Obamacare in general. As compared to October and November, December saw favorable momentum toward the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.
From a neutral perspective, there were three major developments that changed the public’s opinion – improved website, relief for canceled policies, and an extension on enrollment period. Let’s dissect these developments in detail.
The Obamacare healthcare.gov implementation might go down in history as one of the poorest managed high visibility project in our time. A good percentage of the nation is aligning against the health reform, mainly because of the failures associated with the rollout.
However, things are not as bad as they seem. Obamacare, believe it or not, has shaken the foundations of health insurance industry and is expected to have lasting effects on the way health payors and our nation perceives health insurance. Today, we delve into the seven things that the Obamacare implementation has brought forth which are changing perspectives.
November has ended and the health insurance marketplaces are not working as they were supposed to. There are still glitches in the system and a major piece of news has been released by the administration – there will be a one year delay in the ACA mandate that allows small businesses purchase health insurance online. While it is obvious that this move has been made to lower the load on the staggering website, it has revealed a new alliance between the administration and the brokers.