Enrollment opens in Indiana on federal health insurance exchange
By TOM LoBIANCO October 1, 2013 12:28PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 11:16PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Enrollment is beginning in Indiana for the federally run health insurance exchange, but navigators say they don’t expect to see the greatest volume for several weeks.
Marla Asberry with Open Door Health Services says she received numerous calls with questions about the exchange Tuesday morning. But she says she expects the bulk of enrollment to occur between the middle and the end of the six-month enrollment period.
The federal Healthcare.gov website began accepting applications for insurance Tuesday as part of the Affordable Care Act. Federal workers reported longer-than-expected processing times on the government’s health care Twitter account.
Indiana officials estimate more than 500,000 residents will be eligible for subsidized plans through the exchange. Indiana is one of 36 states that opted not to participate in the creation of an exchange.
The state launched http://www.in.gov/healthcarereform/ last week. It says the website provides “an easy way” for individuals to determine if they may be eligible for coverage programs through the state, such as Medicaid. If not, it directs them to the federal marketplace to explore their options for buying health insurance.
The home page of the website asks visitors to select among three demographic categories — adults, pregnant women and children under 19 — to determine their options.
The site also has a link to the federal health care website and other features.