Friday, September 26, 2014

The Affordable Care Act and the Internal Revenue Service



Part I



In October 2013 enrolllment  for the Affordable Care Act became available.  It's introduction and enrollment were plagued with unanticipated challenges.

It is one year post-enrollment apocalypse. Some are happy, some are not happy, all are confused. Despite problems, and delays almost 7 million people have enrolled.  How many are still enrolled and how many have actually seen a doctor are still unanswered questions.

In addition to the delays the Los Angeles Times reports that 30,000 ACA enrollees from Octobr 2013 were never enrolled or had eligibility issues undetetced at the time of enrollment.


California's health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period this fall.
Covered California said it failed to promptly send insurance applications for 20,000 people to health plans recently, causing delays and confusion over their coverage.
Another group of up to 10,000 people have had their insurance coverage canceled prematurely because they were deemed eligible for Medi-Cal based on a check of their income, officials said.
C alifornia's health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period this fall.
Covered California said it failed to promptly send insurance applications for 20,000 people to health plans recently, causing delays and confusion over their coverage.
Another group of up to 10,000 people have had their insurance coverage canceled prematurely because they were deemed eligible for Medi-Cal based on a check of their income, officials said.

At a time when many taxpayers have lost faith in the IRS' ethics do we let the IRS be involved in our health care?
An unlikely partnership, will it work, and do we have a choice?




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