Poll: Three-fourths think uneven Obamacare enrollment extensions unfair
Most Americans don’t agree with extending Obamacare enrollment deadlines differently state-by-state, according to a survey by the health care research firm Health Pocket.
Obamacare’s roll-out has been characterized by unequal, piecemeal applications of different regulations to different people, interest groups and even states. Though Monday should have been the enrollment deadline for each and every state — almost randomized deadline extensions made it the final sign-up day for just most of the states.
But Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of this process. HealthPocket’s survey of adults nationwide found that 76 percent of Americans believe its unfair for the enrollment deadline to be extended for some states, but not for all.
Customers in the 34 states served by the federal exchange are free to complete the enrollment process until mid-April. Anyone who checks a blue box on HealthCare.gov who saying they began their enrollment application but were unable to complete it by March 31, will be given “a blanket enrollment extension” due to the federal government’s decision against electronically verifying the application creation date.
Washington, D.C.’s exchange has similarly extended enrollment until April 15.
The states which received special extensions of the enrollment period were typically the lowest-performing states technologically. Several sought out federal approval to delay their deadline after extensive problems getting their exchanges to function.
Massachusetts’ insurance exchange will operate until June 30, but only for residents enrolled in a temporary state-run health plan due to the exchange’s earlier delays. Nevada residents will have another sixty days to complete enrollment if they’ve attempted to sign up. Oregon residents will be allowed another thirty days to enroll. (RELATED: Massachusetts Obamacare exchange granted federal extension as director gently weeps; Oregon Obamacare exchange gets month-long enrollment delay)
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