Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Bad to Worse...

The 2015 Open Enrollment begins in a couple of weeks, and carriers, agents, HHS and all the rest are busy gearing up for it.

That's the good news.

Sort of.

Here's the reality: if you're thinking about buying on the ObamaTax Exchange, be sure your LifeLock plan is paid up:

"IRS Warned about Protecting Taxpayer Information on Health Exchanges ... The IRS must do more to ensure that federal tax information submitted to the ACA exchanges is protected and prevent its unauthorized disclosure"

Or else ... what? It's not like the current administration has a track record of going after its own (cf: Secret Service, Benghazi). And it's also not like there's an alternative: if you qualify for - and wish to use - a subsidy, you're going through the Exchange. For better or worse.

But mostly worse.

On the other hand, once you have that brand new subsidized health insurance plan, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use it.

Or maybe not. As FoIB Jeff M tips us:

"Over 214,000 doctors won't participate in the new plans under the [ObamaTax] ... Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollar - they are even lower than Medicare reimbursements"

As we've noted, doc's can't afford to keep eating their losses, and there's no Doc Fix for the ACA. It's possible, bordering on likely, that more providers will opt out than actually participate.

Welcome to the future of American "healthcare."
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