The next big Obamacare question: will people who sign up pay their first premium and get covered? | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 31, 2014

The next big Obamacare question: will people who sign up pay their first premium and get covered?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I was out of town for last week's Public Health meetings and am playing catch-up. Worth noting: Arkansas Insurance Department officials testified on Friday that of the 33,569 people who enrolled in the (non-private-option) Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, more than 8,000 have not yet paid their first month's premium. Given that the pace of enrollment has picked up lately, I'm guessing that a good chunk of these people are recent enrollees who have not yet hit a due date. That said, some portion of enrollees will never pay their first month's premium, which means coverage will never go into effect. Just as with the national figures — 6 million enrollees and counting — payment is a big open question. The number to watch as data becomes available in the coming months is the number of people covered, not just the number of people who initially signed up. Nationally, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today that 80 to 90 percent of enrollees have paid a premium.

AID officials also testified that 2,668 of the plans counted in their enrollment numbers have been canceled, possibly because people selected another plan or discovered they qualified for the private option (AID officials said they are looking in to the reasons for the cancellations). While the number of people signing up is a fine preliminary figure while we wait for more data on who pays and gets covered, there's definitely no reason for including the cancellations in the enrollment numbers. Adjusting accordingly, that puts enrollment in the Arkansas Marketplace at around 31,000 through March 24. 


Tags: , , , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by David Ramsey

  • Authorities investigate accusation against Dean Elliott

    An accusation has been lodged against Dean Elliott, the Dillard's lobbyist and former state representative who is running for the District 15 seat in the state Senate, by a woman who claims that he was involved in a 2016 hit and run incident on Tennyson Drive in Conway that left her with severe injuries. Through a lawyer, Elliott says the allegation is false and politically motivated.
    • May 17, 2018
  • Rep. Jana Della Rosa disputes that Randell Shelton's Paradigm Consulting was a "bogus company"

    During the trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods and consultant Randell Shelton, the prosecution described Shelton's Paradigm Strategic Consulting as a "bogus company." But Rep. Jana Della Rosa, who paid Paradigm in 2014 for help with campaign messaging, said that Shelton did legitimate work for her.
    • May 16, 2018
  • A senator's vanity

    Spotted in Little Rock...
    • May 16, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation