The website woes that have stemmed from Massachusetts changing from a functioning Romneycare exchange to a malfunctioning Obamacare exchange have left 15,000 Bay State residents in jeopardy of losing health care coverage. The Boston Globe has the story.
About 126,000 people enrolled in health plans subsidized by the state have until March to choose a new plan and can keep their current coverage until then. But thousands of others are depending on a new plan to start on the first of the year, and some worry that their coverage will not be ready in time. Their anxiety has only been heightened by stubborn technical problems, such as a snag this week that blocked many people from signing in to the website.
The Globe continues…
Many people already receiving state insurance subsidies – through Commonwealth Care, the Medical Security Program for people who are unemployed, and the Insurance Partnership for small business employees – must re-enroll in a new plan, but the state extended the deadline for that group from Dec. 23 until March 24, giving them three more months on their current plans.
As many as 15,000 people who have completed applications do not fall into that category, and an unknown number of them could be uninsured on Jan. 1 if they are not enrolled through the Health Connector.
As recently as September of this year, the Commonwealth had a functioning on-line health care exchange. After a $69 Million dollar contract to change over to an Obamacare compliant exchange, we do not.
Is it time for Jean Yang the, $179,000 per year, person in charge of the Health Connector Authority to go?