Skip to comments.Obamacare Confusion Reigns as Frustrated Patients Walk Out of Hospitals Without Treatment
Posted on 01/02/2014 3:06:08 PM PST by kristinn
Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can't determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect.
Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it.
In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can't afford.
'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!' a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.
She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.
'The people in there told me that since I didn't have an insurance card, I would be billed for the whole cost of the x-ray,' Galvez said, her young daughter in tow. 'It's not fair you know, I signed up last week like I was supposed to.'
The x-ray's cost, she was told, would likely be more than $500.
Galvez said she enrolled in a Carefirst Blue Cross bronze plan at a cost of about $450 per month through healthcare.gov, three days before Christmas.
'No one has sent me a bill,' she said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified in a December 11 congressional hearing that the federal government can't say how many new enrollees have written checks for their first month's premiums.
'Some may have paid, some may have not,' she conceded.
It's unlikely that a valid insurance card would have changed Galvez' fortunes, however.
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“Did I do that?”
an xray - $500?
boy philiipines/thailand basic medicine looks a lot better every day.
chances are she’d be paying the full cost of that x-ray anyway, given obamacare plan deductibles are HUGE and you have to pay all of that first before the plans pay anything.
What did she think a $4500 dollar meant? Maybe, that the us taxpayers would be picking up the first 4500, too?
No worries Barak Hussein will sort it out. I am told Hussein is very clever and works very hard for the American people.
I be here for that free B-Rock O’Breezy health care chit.
If she voted for LIBs/DIMs, Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha.
Here he is now doing that:
Hmmm. This is the ER my daughter works in. I’ll have to ask her about it.
We haven’t received our insurance cards, either. They did send a letter, stating we are enrolled, but who knows if the hospital would accept that.
That's what it costs when you use the emergency room for your primary care. It would be no more than $100 if done at a doctor's office.
See what happens - when people who know nothing about one-sixth of an economy - monkey around with it?
You wanted it, you got it....suffer for being stupid
Yup. And a whole bunch of really stupid people are soon going to learn that Obama’s “free shit” ain’t exactly free.
It's unlikely that a valid insurance card would have changed Galvez' fortunes, however.True. The deductibles on even the cheapest ObamaCare policies is such that pretty much assured that a $500 charge is going to be out-of-pocket, even if you are covered.
*No worries Barak Hussein will sort it out. I am told Hussein is very clever and works very hard for the American people.* Yes, he only has the interests of the People at heart, like the dear leader of North Korea... ...or Caligula ...or CeauÈescu
How’s that Hopenchange workin out for ya?
Further down in the article it actually states that the plan she signed up for has a $5k deductible per person. The idiot would have had to pay for the xray anyway.
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