More than 50 new health insurance exchange websites — luring more than 30 million new users — will go live Oct. 1.
So what could possibly go wrong?
‘Months behind schedule’
The state exchanges are a main component of PPACA. The law’s success hinges on the number of people who enroll in health coverage through the exchanges.
One challenge to opening health insurance exchanges is that networks that have never communicated with one another before will have to get on friendlier terms. The exchange websites have to interface with the IRS, state Medicaid systems and dozens of different insurance companies.
‘A model in place’
Though some say it’s an unprecedented IT challenge, Nelson doesn’t agree.
For example, Vermont officials have said if something goes wrong with the web portal, they have a paper process as a contingency plan. From October to January, the state is planning to print out Vermonters’ information and file hard copies with insurance companies — just in case.
Connecticut — which also is running its own exchange — is opening storefronts in seven cities in the state. Access Health CT will plant itself in the neighborhoods of the state’s biggest and poorest cities in an effort to reach the largest possible number of uninsured people.