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Health care navigators sign up just 10 in Allegheny County
Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | December 17, 2013 | Alex Nixon

Posted on 12/18/2013 12:07:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

AIU [Allegheny Intermediate Unit] may get more help. The organization is awaiting confirmation that it will receive money to hire three more navigators, spokeswoman Sarah McCluan said.

The money would come from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, a Downtown organization, and from redistribution of a $178,000 grant given to Cardon Outreach for work in Pennsylvania.

Texas-based Cardon in September said it would return $800,000 in navigator grants for work in four states because it faced too much scrutiny from congressional Republicans and some state insurance commissioners over its programs.

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Navigators hired to help uninsured people sign up for medical coverage under President Obama's signature health insurance law have enrolled just 10 people in the past two months in Allegheny County.

The number reinforces the challenges the administration has in getting people signed up for health insurance after the troubled rollout of Obamacare.

Technical glitches on a government website largely prevented people from gaining coverage initially.

Navigators are paid to help people understand the health care law and enroll for coverage. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit has received an undisclosed share of a $950,000 federal grant to hire and train one full-time and two part-time navigators for the county.

“There's not really enough of us out there,” said Laura Line, an official with Resources for Human Development, a Philadelphia organization that received the grant and contracted with the AIU. Statewide, the group has 30 navigators in 10 counties.

The Allegheny County navigators helped about 1,000 people over the phone and at 50 educational and sign-up events from mid-October through Dec. 10. The group said some of those people may have signed up for coverage on their own through the government website.

The navigators got off to a late start in Allegheny County. The first worker to be hired and trained started in mid-October — two weeks after enrollment started for the health care law, known as Obamacare.

In addition to technical challenges with the website, the navigators say they must overcome people's lack of understanding about the law and whether it applies to them.

Allegheny County has the second-highest number of uninsured adults ages 18 to 65 in the state, an estimated 93,000.

Health care navigators in Allegheny County signed up only three people for plans during October and November, when technical errors and high-volume traffic plagued the website. In the 10 days since Dec. 1, when federal officials said hardware upgrades and software fixes made it work for most users, Homestead-based AIU enrolled seven people.

Richard Olague, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which awarded the grant for the navigators, declined to answer questions about the low enrollment figures.

AIU may get more help. The organization is awaiting confirmation that it will receive money to hire three more navigators, spokeswoman Sarah McCluan said.

The money would come from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, a Downtown organization, and from redistribution of a $178,000 grant given to Cardon Outreach for work in Pennsylvania.

Texas-based Cardon in September said it would return $800,000 in navigator grants for work in four states because it faced too much scrutiny from congressional Republicans and some state insurance commissioners over its programs.

Many people procrastinated about signing up on the website the government set up for Pennsylvanians and people in 35 other states, officials from the AIU and Resources for Human Development told Tribune-Review reporters and editors during a meeting on Tuesday.

With a deadline looming on Monday to sign up for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, people are calling the county's three navigators for help, said Shannon McGee, navigator team leader for AIU.

“When they know it's crunch time, they will sit down and enroll,” McGee said.

Through Nov. 30, more than 11,700 Pennsylvanians selected a plan on Healthcare.gov, the government said last week. Nationwide, 365,000 selected coverage through the end of last month, far short of the Obama administration's goal of signing up 1.2 million people in the first two months.

The administration hopes to enroll 7 million people by March 31, when the open enrollment period ends and uninsured people will face tax penalties.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aca; healthcare; moneydownrathole; obamacare

1 posted on 12/18/2013 12:07:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, there is ten that might lose their identity to thieves, buy what the hey, the at least signed up for Obamacare!


2 posted on 12/18/2013 12:10:41 AM PST by Deagle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Statistically, there are more left-handed people named Jones who drive a Chevy and drink Pabst Blue Ribbon in Allegany County, than bought health insurance. This is more of a statistical failure story than anything else. We’ve had more Presidents over the past one hundred years, than folks in Allegany county signing up for health insurance.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 12:27:57 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Deagle

No one trusts the Muslim Kenyan. He used up his 10,000 maximum lie quota


4 posted on 12/18/2013 12:41:48 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: pepsionice

“...Allegheny County has the second-highest number of uninsured adults ages 18 to 65 in the state, an estimated 93,000....”


5 posted on 12/18/2013 1:00:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jsanders2001; All
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6 posted on 12/18/2013 1:02:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How do I get one of these navigator grants?

7 posted on 12/18/2013 1:10:19 AM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wasn’t me!


8 posted on 12/18/2013 3:19:14 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Health care navigators sign up just 10 in Allegheny County

I hope they keep guvmint people watching so they can make vital tweaks in the law that they can selectively enforce. For example, they need to make a rule that navigators are always hired in groups of four. That way they can play four handed cribbage while they are awaiting that next sucker...er...er customer to join the club.

9 posted on 12/18/2013 3:39:38 AM PST by stevem
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Navigators are paid to help people understand the health care law and enroll for coverage.

No they're not. Because if they were, they would be paid on commission, not by the hour. Legitimate insurance companies pay their salespeople by commission, whereas Obamacare pays them by the hour.

10 posted on 12/18/2013 4:06:40 AM PST by grundle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

WE GOT ONE!


11 posted on 12/18/2013 4:37:49 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
(Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)

I tried, and I'm no ways tard, but son, thar ain't none.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 4:45:48 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If they held another rally at the stadium, they could probably double that number. Mr. Rooney has to be one of those 10.


13 posted on 12/18/2013 5:13:48 AM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: RS_Rider

WOW! Ten whole people. Hire more gubmint workers, we’re about to be over worked.


14 posted on 12/18/2013 5:26:56 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My God. Only 10? In THAT county? It’s full of deadbeats and parasites and they could only manage 10?


15 posted on 12/18/2013 5:47:08 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ha..they “signed them up”...but did they pay?


16 posted on 12/18/2013 6:37:23 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Deagle
Through Nov. 30, more than 11,700 Pennsylvanians selected a plan on Healthcare.gov, the government said last week. Nationwide, 365,000 selected coverage through the end of last month, far short of the Obama administration's goal of signing up 1.2 million people in the first two months.

And how many of those have actually PAID the first month's premium? Probably not even one in fifty.

17 posted on 12/18/2013 6:42:57 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Obama's Rule #17: "Do whatever it f****** takes.")
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To: Deagle
Through Nov. 30, more than 11,700 Pennsylvanians selected a plan on Healthcare.gov, the government said last week. Nationwide, 365,000 selected coverage through the end of last month, far short of the Obama administration's goal of signing up 1.2 million people in the first two months.

And how many of those have actually PAID the first month's premium? Probably not even one in fifty.

18 posted on 12/18/2013 6:42:58 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Obama's Rule #17: "Do whatever it f****** takes.")
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