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Company that helps Alaskans navigate federal marketplace reports low enrollment (3 enrolled)
NewsMiner ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | Matt Buxton

Posted on 10/23/2013 8:28:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

FAIRBANKS — A company trying to sign up Alaskans in the new federal health insurance marketplace told state legislators Tuesday that it had signed up just three people since Oct. 1.

“We have worked across the entire state of Alaska and all the communities in outreach education and enrollment. ... Unfortunately, the marketplace is not functioning,” said Tyann Boling, the chief operating officer of Enroll Alaska, a company that helps people navigate the Healthcare.gov website and in return receives commissions from insurance companies. “We’ve only had the ability to enroll three individuals in the marketplace. We expected at this point to have enrolled close to 2,000.”

The numbers reported by Enroll Alaska and other groups don’t include sign-ups who successfully navigated the website on their own.

Boling spoke to the House Finance Committee panel reviewing the Department of Health and Social Services budget. The committee, which was in Fairbanks on Tuesday, has been holding meetings throughout the state to get a better understanding of the state’s most expensive department.

The state of Alaska, along with a majority of other states, opted to reject federal funding to set up its own individualized marketplaces. Gov. Sean Parnell also has rejected hundreds millions of federal dollars for an expansion of Medicaid covered by the federal health care law.

Some other states that opted to set up their own marketplaces have reported tens of thousands of people successfully signing up for insurance.

Many Republican representatives on the subcommittee agreed with Parnell’s decision to keep the state out of it but quizzed state officials on what they’re doing to help people.

“Because the state has strung us to the federal government — which I’m fine with — we don’t have any idea of how many people who have inquired on this website and decided it’s too costly,” said Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole. “As far as the state goes, we’re just kind of throwing our people out there and letting them navigate, if they can’t navigate that’s too bad, if they get fined that’s too bad, that’s our stance?” Bret Kolb, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, said the state’s only option is to direct people to the federal sign-up site.

“What we’re trying to do is help people get to those touch points, whether it’s to the federal government, to the 800 numbers, to the navigators that are available to help them get through the process,” he said. “The Division of Insurance is trying to assist people and answer the questions as best we can, given the information and resources we’ve been given.”

Wilson was unsatisfied, asking whether the state would seek more serious action against the federal government.

“If we’re sending people back to the website that they’re frustrated at, that’s not really helping,” she said. “I’m not saying it’s your fault, but that’s the pretty much the stance of the state. Instead of pushing back on the government and taking care of our own.”

When later asked if the state could set up its own marketplace as an alternative, Kolb said it was unlikely. The state would have to spend money to build and maintain a marketplace for a relatively small number of people, he said.

“We’re trying to figure out what our motivation would be,” he said. However, Enroll Alaska’s Boling said that once the federal government gets the website into a working condition, she believes her company “will be very successful” in getting people insured.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: abortion; afa; alaska; deathpanels; exchanges; obamacare; obamacareanecdotes; obamacareenrollment; zerocare

1 posted on 10/23/2013 8:28:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

... Unfortunately, the marketplace is not functioning,”...

Sure it is. The healthcare marketplace is working just like a Soviet food service marketplace.


2 posted on 10/23/2013 8:31:52 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The “brass plan” involves a piece of whale blubber and a calving glacier.


3 posted on 10/23/2013 8:35:50 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Jet Jaguar

I think the fact that you were going to need a BIG government “navigator” to sign up should have been a red flag.


4 posted on 10/23/2013 8:37:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Class Photo of the first Navigator Graduating Class.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 8:39:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL! Yup! That’s them.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 8:40:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: dfwgator

Navigator Marching Cadence (’Horst Walrus’)

I don’t know but I been tooold,
The Eskimo market is mighty cooold
Sound off—Hup hup hup!


7 posted on 10/23/2013 9:00:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The public response to Obama Care is, Obama, we don’t care.


8 posted on 10/23/2013 9:11:52 PM PDT by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Things I'd rather do than sign up for 0bamaCare...

Wind surf the Bering Sea in January.

Sun bathe on the tundra at the height of mosquito season.

Strap bacon to my torso and swim the Karluk River during the salmon run.

Go crab fishing with Captain Keith.

9 posted on 10/23/2013 9:40:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

lolz


10 posted on 10/23/2013 9:40:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: TigersEye

Sun bathe on the tundra at the height of mosquito season.

I have done that.

Thanks!


11 posted on 10/23/2013 9:41:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole.”

LOL. Or should I?


12 posted on 10/23/2013 9:42:55 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: GeronL

Dang you’re quick, Geron. You read all that and posted back in less than 20 seconds. I’ll remember to never challenge you to snatch a pebble from my hand. lol


13 posted on 10/23/2013 9:43:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
“As far as the state goes, we’re just kind of throwing our people out there and letting them navigate, if they can’t navigate that’s too bad, if they get fined that’s too bad, that’s our stance?” Bret Kolb, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, said the state’s only option is to direct people to the federal sign-up site

lol... they really think the average person is too stupid to find a website or call a phone number without their help.

14 posted on 10/23/2013 9:43:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jet Jaguar

I’m glad you’re alive to tell the tale. heh


15 posted on 10/23/2013 9:44:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

There is a town called North Pole and it’s not at the North Pole. No where near it. It’s actually part of the Fairbanks metropolitan area.

It’s about 1,700 miles from the North Pole.


16 posted on 10/23/2013 9:46:48 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jet Jaguar
More importantly; would you rather do that again or sign up for 0bamaCare?
We need the voice of experience here. ;^)
17 posted on 10/23/2013 9:48:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I am far too fat and lazy to go crab fishing, I would probably be made into bait by those crabby crabbers.


18 posted on 10/23/2013 9:48:04 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
It's a real town.

She is a real representative.

North Pole Alaska

19 posted on 10/23/2013 9:48:43 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: GeronL

It doesn’t sound like you’d have the stamina to make it throught the 0bamaCare signup process. :-)


20 posted on 10/23/2013 9:51:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Funny you ask.

I have insurance.

When the “law” was enacted, somebody realised that “Tricare”, or TRY TO GET CARE was not up to the OBAMACARE standards and that all military members and retirees would not be covered.

Obama quickly out our policies in the exempt category.

So, I would rather go out and suffer mosquitos on my privates than enroll in obamacare.

My plan is cheaper but it does not work.


21 posted on 10/23/2013 9:55:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: TigersEye

I am not even going to dare try.

I am going to tell them that as an illegal alien from Fortronius I am exempt.


22 posted on 10/23/2013 9:58:09 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jet Jaguar
My plan is cheaper but it does not work.

0bamaCare isn't going to work either so cheaper has to be better.

23 posted on 10/23/2013 10:01:49 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: GeronL
I might try the religious angle. I'll tell them my sect of Buddhism forbids buying insurance.

They don't need to know that it's a sect of one.

24 posted on 10/23/2013 10:06:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

lol


25 posted on 10/23/2013 10:11:06 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jet Jaguar

The three who registered were two seals and a Kodiak bear. Getting health insurance against global warming, eh?


26 posted on 10/23/2013 10:51:33 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Jet Jaguar

The glitch that stole Christmas.


27 posted on 10/24/2013 12:31:37 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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