Continued glitches slow down Obamacare applicants
BY CHRISTIN NANCE LAZERUS email@example.com October 2, 2013 4:56PM
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:16PM
Computer issues continued to prevent some potential applicants from enrolling on the second day of the health insurance exchanges created by Obamacare.
Navigators at the three hospitals in the Community Healthcare System had to reschedule appointments set for Wednesday and the rest of the week due to the continuing delays for those accessing the healthcare.gov website, spokeswoman Elise Sims said.
“It was going so slowly that we decided to reschedule the appointments,” Sims said.
“Navigators” are trained to help explain the law and assist people in signing up for coverage. Local community health centers and hospitals have navigators to help take applicants through the process, but some were able to get through on their own on the first day.
But for Miller resident Lauren Schara, the estimated monthly premium didn’t make insurance more affordable — hers would be $280 per month.
“It was slightly more than what is offered by work,” Schara, 27, said. “I don’t get insurance through my employer because it’s too expensive even though I work full time.”
Schara said it seemed there were more subsidies available if your employer doesn’t already offer an insurance plan.
“At this rate I’ll take the penalty,” Schara said. “My parents were self-employed growing up and we didn’t have insurance, so we learned our way around doctors and dentists offices. When I am sick, I’ll go to North Shore (Health Center), get doctors samples, generics and I know where to get free antibiotics. For the most part, I’m pretty healthy and I know they need young people for the insurance pools.”