Healthcare.gov Active With Special Enrollments
ProPublica reports that the once problem-plagued federal exchange handled an estimated 960,000 transcations between April 19 and July 15.
ProPublica/NPR: Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends
For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using healthcare.gov by April 19. But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. People are allowed to sign up and switch plans after certain life events, such as job changes, moves, the birth of a baby, marriages and divorces (Ornstein, 7/23).
The Hill: Healthcare.Gov Still Seeing Market Activity
Healthcare.gov has processed nearly 1 million transactions since mid-April, a sign that the site is still adding special enrollments to the federal exchanges because of changes in life circumstances. The once-troubled website handled roughly 960,000 "834" forms between April 19 and July 15, according to data obtained by ProPublica via public records request (Viebeck, 7/23).
Meanwhile, in the news from Hawaii --
McClatchy: Website Proposed to Boost Health Insurance Enrollment in Hawaii
The state is stepping in to create a single website to boost Obamacare enrollment after a bungled first attempt left thousands of applicants without health insurance. The state Office of Information Management and Technology told lawmakers at a Monday, July 21, briefing that it plans to create a single portal at Hawaii.gov that will help direct consumers to either Medicaid, the government insurance program for low-income residents, or the Hawaii Health Connector, the troubled online exchange created by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Consillio, 7/23).