Skip to comments.Company that helps Alaskans navigate federal marketplace reports low enrollment (3 enrolled)
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. Weve 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 dont 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 states 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 Parnells decision to keep the state out of it but quizzed state officials on what theyre doing to help people.
Because the state has strung us to the federal government which Im fine with we dont have any idea of how many people who have inquired on this website and decided its too costly, said Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole. As far as the state goes, were just kind of throwing our people out there and letting them navigate, if they cant navigate thats too bad, if they get fined thats too bad, thats our stance? Bret Kolb, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, said the states only option is to direct people to the federal sign-up site.
What were trying to do is help people get to those touch points, whether its 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 weve been given.
Wilson was unsatisfied, asking whether the state would seek more serious action against the federal government.
If were sending people back to the website that theyre frustrated at, thats not really helping, she said. Im not saying its your fault, but thats 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.
Were trying to figure out what our motivation would be, he said. However, Enroll Alaskas 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.
... Unfortunately, the marketplace is not functioning,...
Sure it is. The healthcare marketplace is working just like a Soviet food service marketplace.
The “brass plan” involves a piece of whale blubber and a calving glacier.
I think the fact that you were going to need a BIG government “navigator” to sign up should have been a red flag.
LOL! Yup! That’s them.
Navigator Marching Cadence (’Horst Walrus’)
I don’t know but I been tooold,
The Eskimo market is mighty cooold
Sound off—Hup hup hup!
The public response to Obama Care is, Obama, we don’t care.
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.
Sun bathe on the tundra at the height of mosquito season.
I have done that.
“Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole.”
LOL. Or should I?
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
lol... they really think the average person is too stupid to find a website or call a phone number without their help.
I’m glad you’re alive to tell the tale. heh
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.
I am far too fat and lazy to go crab fishing, I would probably be made into bait by those crabby crabbers.
She is a real representative.
North Pole Alaska
It doesn’t sound like you’d have the stamina to make it throught the 0bamaCare signup process. :-)
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.
I am not even going to dare try.
I am going to tell them that as an illegal alien from Fortronius I am exempt.
0bamaCare isn't going to work either so cheaper has to be better.
They don't need to know that it's a sect of one.
The three who registered were two seals and a Kodiak bear. Getting health insurance against global warming, eh?
The glitch that stole Christmas.