4 months ago by Strawman
If you can make heads to tails out of the most recent Affordable Healthcare deadlines—deals—waivers—you’re a heck of lot smarter than me. According to the Washington Post:
The deadline for enrolling in insurance coverage that starts on Jan. 1 is Dec. 23. That's eight days later than the initial deadline of Dec. 15. But it's also eight days before the deadline to actually get your first premium payment to your insurer, which is Dec. 31 -- unless your insurance company sets the deadline later.
I’m sorry, what? Should I wear plaid and be whistling the theme from The Hunger Games too? And what was that; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is calling for an investigation of heathcare.gov—the website she is supposedly responsible for? How does one investigate oneself? Is there an anti-Islam YouTube video in here somewhere? Why is Susan Rice wearing scrubs?
Allow me to dumb this down for you through the eyes of the Washington Post: The first important day is next Monday, Dec. 23. That's the last day that insurers are required to accept enrollments for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. In practical terms, this means that a shopper needs to click "enroll" by midnight that Monday in order to gain a policy that starts the next month.
That sure cleared it up for me. I could have done all my Christmas shopping on Amazon in the time it took me to comprehend all that.And then there’s the “let’s have the private sector bail out Obamacare” part of the picture. You knew that was coming, right?
During a conference call on December 12th, Michael Hash, director of HHS's office of health reform, told reporters “We're encouraging [insurers] to offer retroactive coverage. For example, to allow someone who signs up and pays on January 5 to get coverage with a retroactive start date of January the first."
Obviously Hash got his degree in business from the College of Count Your Fingers and Your Toes and finished near the bottom of the class. Retroactive coverage? Like, I don’t have healthcare, fell down a flight of stairs on the 10th, signed up on the 11th and need my coverage dated as of first of the month?? Are you serious?
Of course he is. He’s part of that fast moving, cutting edge HHS team, under Mastert of Her Domain Head Coach Kathleen Sebelius. Have your eyes glazed over yet? I hope not as your policy doesn’t cover that…..or does it?
Hang on, I’m taking a selfie of me completely understanding this mess……….