Skip to comments.Shocked—shocked!—that it’s easier to get people to sign up for ‘free’ Medicaid than pricey Obamacare
Posted on 10/25/2013 7:58:55 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier
Heres a big surprise for the White House and the insurance industry: Turns out its a whole lot easier to get people to sign up for an insurance plan that costs them nothing than it is to make them buy insurance at steep Obamacare rates.
CBS News had an excellent piece on this in the morning...
(Excerpt) Read more at conservativeintel.com ...
Less filling and TASTES GREAT!
I was just discussing this with a friend the other day...he said good luck getting lots of people to sign up when it requires them to part with ANY money at all.
A good percentage of Obamacare enrollees are actually medicaid enrollees. (both previous and new leeches, er enrollees)
We keep hearing about the success of enrollment in Washington and Oregon.
Well, in Washington and probably Oregon most of those successfully enrolled were current Medicare leeches and new enrollee leeches. They will be contributing Zero/Nada/0 bucks to fund their ObozoScare. It didn’t cost them a red cent to signup.
They will be taking money from those who work and have to pay for them, the ObozoScare Medicaid leech enrollees .
Below is a link to a Kaiser Permanente Newsletter which tells about the so called success in Washington re current Medicare Leeches and lack of those, who have to pay, signing up:
In Some States, Most Early Marketplace Enrollees Qualify For Medicaid
By Phil Galewitz October 22nd, 2013, 1:28 PM
In several states, most of the people enrolling through new online insurance marketplaces are signing on to Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.
Many of the uninsured are poor, and applicants dont have to pay anything to sign up for Medicaid. Shoppers applying for private health coverage through the marketplace have to pay their first monthly premium before they are fully enrolled. Their first payment must be made by Dec. 15 for coverage to take effect Jan. 1. Most are expected to be eligible for some tax credits, up front, to help pay the monthly premiums.
We believe the reason we are seeing the higher Medicaid numbers is many people [buying private health plans] will wait until the last minute to pay for their health coverage like many of us do with our cell phone or cable bill, said Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the Washington state marketplace.
About 30,000 of the more than 35,000 people enrolled in the Washington exchange have signed up for Medicaid. Under the health law, in states that opt into the expansion, Medicaid eligibility is being expanded to cover everyone with annual incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $15,800 in 2013.
About 20,000 of the people who qualified for Medicaid in Washington gained coverage through the expansion, while the rest were eligible under existing coverage rules. Many of those who were eligible but not enrolled have been signing up as a result of the publicity around the new marketplaces, officials say.
Frey said about 56,000 additional people have completed applications to enroll in private plans in Washington but have not yet made a payment so they were not included in the states tally.
About two-thirds of people enrolling through Kentuckys marketplace also qualify for Medicaid, said spokeswoman Glenda Bond. We expected Medicaid enrollment to be more robust at the beginning because people can enroll without making a payment, she said.
Of the more than 3,700 enrollments in process in Minnesotas marketplace, about 2,500 are for Medicaid. Only about 400 are people who are enrolling in a health plan. But a look at Minnesota applications in process shows that private insurance enrollees could overtake the number of Medicaid enrollees in the weeks ahead of 11,600 applications in the marketplace last week, more than 8,000 were for exchange plans.
Several states relying on the problematic federal exchange, including West Virginia and South Carolina, have also seen a surge in people applying for Medicaid because they have separate websites for Medicaid enrollment, which unlike the federal exchange site, are working. Other states, such as California, have not yet released data about what programs people have enrolled in.
Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect the number of people who are in the process of enrolling in Minnesota.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm.
The latest data from Kaiser again shows that the freebee enrollees for Obozoscare continues to rise.
Why not, it isn’t costing them anything to enroll.
Early State Enrollment Numbers Show Increased Medicaid Sign-Ups
Topics: States, Medicaid, Health Reform, Insurance
Oct 25, 2013
Kentucky and New York release figures showing that a large majority of people signing up for coverage under the health law are qualifying for the federal-state program for low-income residents, often because they don’t have to pay anything to immediately enroll. Meanwhile, Arkansas says more than 62,000 people have been approved for that state’s innovative Medicaid program.
The Associated Press: More Than 26,000 Kentuckians Sign Up For Coverage
Three weeks into the federal health care overhaul, more than 26,000 Kentuckians have signed up for medical coverage, the vast majority of whom will become Medicaid recipients. Gov. Steve Beshear released updated enrollment numbers Thursday, showing that 21,342 people have been enrolled in Medicaid program and another 4,832 in private insurance plans since the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange in just over three weeks. Coverage won’t begin until Jan. 1 (Alford and Lovan, 10/25).
The Buffalo News: Many ‘Obamacare’ Enrollees In N.Y. Go To Medicaid
More than 37,000 New Yorkers have signed up for health insurance since enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began Oct. 1, but many of them are going into the state’s Medicaid program rather than one of 16 private insurance carriers participating in the new federally mandated program. ... In the first three weeks of the “Obamacare” enrollment, 23,717 New Yorkers who went to a new state website to enroll for insurance ended up being steered to join Medicaid because their incomes were low enough to qualify. In all, 13,313 New Yorkers have enrolled for health coverage with one of the 16 private insurance carriers participating (Precious, 10/25).
The Associated Press: Ark. Signs 62K People Through New Medicaid Plan
State health officials said Thursday that more than 66,000 Arkansas residents applied for health insurance under the state’s Medicaid expansion and slightly more than 62,000 of the applications were approved. Arkansas was granted a waiver from part of the federal health care law so that it could use Medicaid funds to subsidize private insurance for low-income residents, instead of expanding the public program (Bartels, 10/24).
Just part of the plan. Since the states pay a portion of Medicaid, (50% for rich states to about 26% for the poorest states), Obaination-care will also bankrupt the states. Remember, the states can’t print money like Obama can.
Which is still B.S., since where does the Fed ‘come up’ with the other 50%-74%? The TAXPAYERS.
I really wish we’d (and no offense meant) use the correct terminology in these ‘debates’.
Which is still B.S., since where does the Fed come up with the other 50%-74%? The TAXPAYERS.
I really wish wed (and no offense meant) use the correct terminology in these debates.
My point was that Obama was already bankrupting the federal government which he controls, but now he is bankrupting state government (which he doesn’t control) also through the medicaid program. States HAVE to take it from us in the form of higher taxes. They can’t just borrow it or inflate it like the feds do.
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