Skip to comments.Nevada Gives Up on $91 Million Obamacare Exchange
Posted on 05/28/2014 3:48:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
Nevada has become the latest state to announce it will concede Obamacare exchange enrollment responsibilities to the federal government via healthcare.gov.
Nevada became the third state-based exchange to make such a decision, joining Massachusetts, which is joining the federal exchange temporarily while it works to fix its state-based exchange, and Oregon, which has ditched its exchange entirelymaking a total of 39 states dependent on the federal exchange for, at a minimum, enrollment in 2015.
Federal taxpayers already have sent about $4.9 billion total in grants to the states to establish exchanges, with almost $4.2 billion going to just the 16 states and the District of Colombia that had planned to operate their own exchanges in 2014.
Nevada received $91 million in grants and, as of April 19, had enrolled 45,390 people, for a federal taxpayer cost of $2,005 per enrollee. Cover Oregon, the exchange that was never able to successfully enroll one person online from start to finish, got $305 million in federal grants and had 68,308 enrollees, so its cost was about $4,465 per enrollee. Massachusettss per-enrollee cost was $5,648. Hawaii received $205 million in grant money and enrolled only 8,592 people, for an astonishing per-enrollee cost of $23,859.
Worse yet, in Nevada, the federal government is now spending even more money to transition their exchange to the federal exchange.
According to Nevadas announcement:
The federal government will pay all costs associated with transitioning from the BOS [Xeroxs health insurance enrollment system] to healthcare.gov. Nevada will not be required to pay a monthly per -member per-month fee to healthcare.gov for its use. The federal government will pay 90 percent of any costs incurred to disconnect Nevadas Medicaid system from the BOS and to connect Nevadas Medicaid system to healthcare.gov. The initial high estimates of this cost ranges between $15 – $20 million, of which Nevada must pay 10 percent.
As with much of Obamacare, it remains unclear where this additional money will come from, what the total costs will be or whether other states are receiving the same deal.
In response to this this continuous steam of Obamacare exchange spending, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, recently introduced a bill that would make states that choose to no longer operate their own exchange return the taxpayer dollars that were spent on the failed exchanges to the federal government. The legislation would require states to repay 10 percent of their wasted federal grant funding each year for 10 years. This would force Nevada, Oregon, and Massachusetts to repay a combined $575 million.
This damages the theory that the States can do things better than the Feds.
It’s absolutely incredible that so much money was spent for so little result.
$91 million is stolen money, pure graft. People should go to jail for this stuff.
Insane. Throw the whole government in prison.
And pretty much scotches any hope to repeal the thing altogether.
It started a long long time ago, the first state on the first day that federal money was taken. Once a hooker, always a hooker.
What an absolute fiasco.
Here is what healthcare really costs. Compare these two.
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This is a free market type solution. Notice the cost difference between self-insured and government regulated.
1. If I understand it properly, $370/mo for a family. Wont start paying out until you pay over $300.00 then it will cover you.
2. Compare this to any regulated insurance. My companys plan is $1400/mo, with a deductible of $2500.
Where is Rustler Reid?
I have a proposal for an EXCHANGE for Nevada.
They exchange one Desert Tortoise for Harry Reid (living free in a government mental institution).
Sounds fair to me.
Harry isn’t even worth a turtle
155 million to Illinois? I am betting that 100 million went to the Chicago mob.
Like Stimulus I think most of this goes right into the pockets of the most corrupt
600 mill for what is essentially an automated form is astounding, more so because he wasn’t nailed for it.
$91,000,000 of money laundering.
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What an incredible load of money down a rat hole to disguise a government expansion of Medicaid.