16. Insurance Broker Compares Obamacare Exchanges to the DMV, IRS
After a tumultuous first day for the marketplace rollout, the CEO of Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America told Fox News that many agents have been suggesting clients delay enrolling in the exchanges. Brokers and agents aren’t pleased with the system, he said, and have privately told him that “if you like dealing with the DMW and IRS, you’ll love dealing with Obamacare.”
17. Zero Enroll in Blue Cross Plans on Obamacare’s First Day
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the state’s largest health-insurance provider, said that not a single person enrolled on the first day in one of the health plans the company offers through the Affordable Care Act. An executive blamed problems with the federal website; the company says it spent $60 million to prepare for the rollout date.
18. Fewer than 100 Enroll in Maryland
In Maryland, where Obama spoke of the law’s benefits just days before the state’s exchange went live, fewer than 100 residents enrolled in a new plan on its second day. Maryland officials estimated that 150,000 people would enroll in the exchange’s first year, and had invested a significant amount of resources in what was supposed to be one of the better state exchanges.
19. Minnesota Delays Launch Hours Before Midnight
MNsure, the state’s online marketplace, announced just hours before the website was supposed to go live that it would be delaying the rollout until later on Tuesday afternoon. The delay came a couple of weeks after a MNsure security breach that released the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of 2,400 insurance agents in the state who were applying to be “navigators” for the law.
20. Connecticut Enrollment-Center Opening Postponed for Weeks
Connecticut saw more than just digital issues: WVIT in New Britain, Conn., found that Access Health CT’s enrollment center in the town wasn’t ready in time. Construction pushed back the center’s opening by a few weeks.
21. Montana Residents Frustrated by Site
Longtime Montana senator and Obamacare architect Max Baucus made headlines earlier this year when he warned of the “train wreck” the health-care law’s implementation was shaping up to be, and now his state’s residents are feeling a part of it. Users couldn’t get past the first step on the website, the Missoulian reports, and were told to “please wait.”
22. Nevada Holds Back on Ad Campaign to Limit Site Visitors
Aware of glitches ahead of the October 1 start date, Nevada officials postponed advertising its marketplace website in order to limit the number of people visiting the website while they worked to fix the errors.