Health Industry Expert Offers Obamacare Status Report

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It isn’t only politicians and pundits who are making their opinions known about the Affordable Care Act — health industry experts are sharing their views on the health care law, as well. Robert Laszewski is the president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates Inc., a health consultancy that assists its clients understand changes in policy. Laszewski recently discussed the issues of Obamacare with the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.

First, Laszewski identified a few technical problems that remain with the exchange website.  The front-end of HealthCare.gov is finally where it should have been in October, Laszewski said, but the back-end remains a cause for concern. “Clearly the administration put its emphasis on the consumer side,” he told Klein. “Insurers are still seeing errors in probably 5 percent of the files coming through.”

This is a problem that has grown, as enrollment swelled in the final days of December, and it will probably not be sorted out completely until the end of January. Another issue, Laszewski said, is that there is “no computerized check between who HealthCare.gov thinks is enrolled and who the insurance industry’s computer systems think is enrolled.” This means that officials in the government, and the insurance industry need to manually reconcile the files.

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