Alaskan Misled about Her O’care Premiums Now Can’t Cancel Plan

by Sterling Beard

Could the only thing more difficult than signing up for Obamacare be canceling it?

Lara Imler, an Anchorage-based hairstylist, managed to enroll in Obamacare, but problems with her application — her new insurer didn’t have it and nobody she reached on the hotline could help her figure out why; she also discovered that the exchange under-calculated the subsidy she was supposed to receive by $50 — made her want to cancel her enrollment.

“If you look at my profile on the website it shows my full subsidy, but it says I’m only using part of it,” Imler told Alaska Public Radio. “So they know I’ve got a screwed up subsidy but they don’t know what to do with it. There’s no one directly you can talk to to say, ‘Hey my subsidy is on there. How do I apply for all of it?’”

She recently attempted to cancel her new plan but was having none of it. Despite clicking on an option to terminate coverage, then confirming that she wanted to cancel her plan, nothing changed. Her plan was still listed on her profile.

She tried logging out and logging back in. She checked her e-mail to see if she’d been notified that her coverage was canceled. Nothing.

“I’m resigned to the fact that it doesn’t work. No matter what I do, it just doesn’t work. And this is the improved website,” she said.

Imler is now planning to revisit the site early next year to sign up for coverage. She has been uninsured for almost ten years.

Via Kaiser Health News.

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