Skip to comments.State's Obamacare website struggles spark inquiry
Posted on 12/03/2013 1:51:35 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
A top Beacon Hill lawmaker wants answers from the Patrick administration on the ongoing glitches, delays and error messages that have plagued the states woeful $69 million Obamacare website which stumbled into its third month yesterday with continued flat sign-up rates.
Ill definitely talk to folks in the administration and see where we are with our experience right now, said state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), the co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health. Its the issue of the day technology and health care. Absolutely, we should be taking a look.
Even as the Obama administration declared the federal healthcare.gov to be working as intended on Sunday, sign-ups on the separate state website creeped and crawled. A combined 92 applicants successfully enrolled in new insurance plans on the Health Connector portal Saturday and Sunday, while just 959 completed their applications.
Health care experts estimate that as many as 230,000 Bay Staters must re-enroll for insurance plans through the state by March 31. Overall, an average of 20 applicants per day, or 1,230 total, have secured insurance between Oct. 1, when the site went live, and Dec. 1 a rate that has barely budged.
Only 28,739 Bay Staters have finished their insurance applications, for an average of about 464 per day and the Herald has reported that many bypassed the website altogether and enrolled instead over the phone or by paper application.
At the current rates and assuming an industry standard of 1.8 people per application, it will take the Bay State until the first week of July 2014 to finish applications and more than 17 years to fully enroll people.
There is some confusion out there, said state Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy), the other public health committee co-chairman.
Meanwhile, state officials admitted it may be until mid-December or later before fixes to the Connector website are fully in place.
We anticipate adding new functionality and processes in the next few weeks that will ease the frustration we share with our members, and create a better user experience through the open enrollment period, spokesman Jason Lefferts wrote in an email.
Lefferts added that the Connector is happy to update lawmakers on the process.
Also yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick defended the retooled federal healthcare.gov site. I havent tried it out, but I understand that it is markedly improved, and if its anything like our experience, it will get better and better over time, Patrick said. But as Ive said before, health care reform is not a website. A website is a convenience, and we want it to be as convenient as possible.
When will the Kenyan put hs own personal info on the site so hackers can publish it?
Talk about irony upon irony.
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