Today, upon returning from his week plus Asian junket, Deval Patrick told the Boston Herald, that all people that have applied for health coverage will have insurance on January 1, 2014.
Gov. Deval Patrick vowed yesterday the state will meet a key Obamacare deadline – insisting the disastrous website is “not the main event” – even as skeptical Bay Staters nervously struggled to sign up for health care with less than five days to go.
“Everyone who has applied and is up against the Jan. 1 deadline will be insured on Jan. 1,” Patrick told the Herald at Logan International Airport yesterday morning after jetting in on a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner, returning from his 10-day “trade mission” to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“There’s no denying the fact that the performance of the IT vendor has been subpar, but that’s not the main event. The main event is making sure people are covered and the team is doing everything they can – and then some – to make sure that happens,” Patrick said.
As we have done, every time conflicting information is published, Red Mass Group contacted the Health Connector Authority’s spokesperman Jason Lefferts. When asked if anything has changed regarding the deadlines for unsubsidized plans given Governor Patrick’s pronouncement Lefferts stated, via email, “nothing has changed on unsubsidized.”
If you are one of the people who are not able to sign up through the website, which is everybody at this point, and have not been able to choose a plan. If you insurance is expiring on December 31, 2013 and you have not chosen AND paid for a plan by Monday December 23, 2013 you will not have insurance on January 1, 2014. Nothing the Governor of the Commonwealth says will change that.