SENATORS CALL FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENSION
Senators have called for an open enrollment extension for the federal and state level exchanges. The reason the Senators have called for this extension is because of the time lost at the beginning of the open enrollment period due to technical difficulties with both the federal and state websites. Because the government was not thoroughly prepared for the amount of people that would be looking for health care, valuable time was lost trying to fix the problems with the websites rather than actually helping people get a health plan. Though there hasn’t been any confirmation that an extension will happen, at least it has been recognized that the window for open enrollment has shrunk due to unpreparedness.
Below is an article from freerepublic.com on the open enrollment extension.
Feinstein, Senators Call For Open Enrollment Extension
Feinstein.Senate.Gov ^ | October 25, 2013 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Posted on 10/25/2013 5:12:15 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
Washington – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, a coalition of U.S. Senators is calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.
“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans,” read the letter signed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). “Our constituents are frustrated, and we fear that the longer the website is not functional, opportunities for people to log on, learn about their insurance choices, and enroll will be lost.”
The full text of the Senators’ letter is below: