Friday, January 3, 2014

Californians unsure if they're covered by Obamacare

At least a few local news outlets in California aren't afraid to delve into problems surrounding the state's Obamacare exchange and how they're impacting people in their communities.

Breitbart News' Tony Lee reports:
Californians who applied for health insurance on the state's Obamacare exchange are uncertain if they actually have insurance plans as the new year begins. Others have still not even been able to successfully submit their applications because of website problems. [...]

A report from KUSI in California detailed the Californians who have signed up on Covered California but are not certain they have coverage because health networks have to approve the applications. Because of the website malfunctions, insurance companies have often received applications with incomplete or faulty data, which has made it impossible for them to enroll some Californians in their plans. Insurance brokers are being swamped with phone calls from nervous Californians, but they have been unable to provide answers.

The director of Covered California claimed that everything is going well for the "vast majority" of Californians, but KUSI reported that the numbers prove otherwise, as a million Californians have accessed the website but only 400,000 have signed up.

In a KMAX news broadcast, one Californian who has been unable to access the website to finish his health insurance application, Stacy Clark, expressed his frustration. "I can't do anything until they call me," Clark said, adding that he could not finish his application because he could not access the website. He said he has been unable to get help from the various hotlines. He is now "stuck" without health insurance and a finished application.
Meanwhile, London's Daily Mail continues to go where few American news organizations will dare to tread, reporting that hospitals are turning away patients without treatment if they can't prove they're covered under Obamacare.
Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it.

In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can't afford.

'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!' a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.

She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.

'The people in there told me that since I didn't have an insurance card, I would be billed for the whole cost of the x-ray,' Galvez said, her young daughter in tow. 'It's not fair – you know, I signed up last week like I was supposed to.'

The x-ray's cost, she was told, would likely be more than $500.
For any local news outlet that's even a bit curious about how the new health care legislation is impacting their readers and viewers, sources shouldn't be too hard to find. According to a new Gallup poll, six in 10 respondents say they've had negative experiences with the new health care law, and nearly three in 10 say their experiences have been "very negative."

But hey, they've got to cover that controlled burn up in the hills, and one of the nearby universities is renovating one of its lecture halls. Priorities, don'tcha know.

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