We’re approaching an important deadline under the new federal health care law. In order to receive coverage by January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, Americans must enroll by this Monday. The deadline was extended after the federal exchange website experienced some highly-publicized problems. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she understands the frustration that’s out there but encourages people to give the site another try.
The federal online health care marketplace has been plagued with problems from its launch. President Obama promised a fix by November 30th. That deadline has come and gone, and things are markedly better, according to John Bowblis, an economics professor at Miami University who specializes in the health care industry. He says significant improvements have been made for the consumer experience with faster download times and successful completion. However, Bowblis adds there may still be snags when it comes to that data being transferred to insurance companies.
Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor speaks about "Insuring Ohio Futures" at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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The State of Ohio and insurance industry advocates have launched an effort to urge veterans, students, and people changing careers to seek out insurance jobs. As baby-boomer employees begin to retire in droves, Ohio insurance companies expect to have 17,000 job openings in the next five years in all areas from claims to government relations.
As the fiasco continues in Washington over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technical problems still plague healthcare.gov, the website that was meant to be the law’s easy one-stop shop for subsidized health care plans. Enrollment numbers released last week were disturbingly low, with just 27,000 enrollments through the federal site in the first month after its Oct. 1 launch.