Those who couldn’t sign up for Obamacare by the deadline because of technical glitches with the health care website may get a lifeline, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday. But the administration is going to need buy-in from the insurance industry.
People whose applications have been hampered by the ongoing technical failings of both HealthCare.gov and also 30 states’ federally run exchanges may be granted retroactive enrollment if the problems prevent them from meeting the Dec. 23 deadline for Jan. 1 coverage, according to HHS. Sebelius and other officials laid out measures the federal government is taking to prevent consumers from experiencing a gap in their health coverage during Thursday’s conference call with reporters.
HealthCare.gov has shown signs of improvement since the beginning of December, and enrollment in private health insurance and Medicaid began to tick upward last month. But time is running out for individuals who want to be certain that they won’t be uninsured next month. Enrollments in both private and public benefits continue to be threatened by numerous problems, including health insurance companies and state governments receiving inaccurate data from federal computer systems about their would-be enrollees.
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