the Government Accountability Office found, the 27 states that operate their own pools had enrolled 15,781 people with pre-existing conditions. The federally-operated pool for the 23 other states and the District of Columbia, by contrast, only had 5,673 enrollees.
Wonder how many of our dollars have been spent promoting Obamapool?
The report found that enrollment figures ranged from 0 in Vermont and 1 in Massachusetts (both operated by the Department of Health and Human Services) to 3,191 in the state-run Pennsylvania pool.
In fairness, VT and MA are guaranteed issue states (no underwriting) so the only real appeal for these plans is the taxpayer subsidy.
In its response to the report, HHS said it has improved its enrollment efforts since the program first started in June 2010. The department points to increased outreach efforts, lower premiums and expanded eligibility, as well as its decision to pay agents and brokers for getting people enrolled starting this fall.
I doubt there will be much agent involvement. This agent is opting out.
Agents that want to participate in the program must be willing to bend over and submit to the following.
Thanks, but no . . .
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