Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, May 02, 2014
Questions remain about enrollment in health insurance under ObamaCare.
According to a report this week from House Republicans, one-third of people who signed up for ObamaCare through new federal exchanges had not paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. That could be an issue for the Obama administration, which has been touting eight million enrollees during the open enrollment period that ended March 31.
Yevgeniy Feyman with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research tells OneNewsNow why those numbers may not tell the entire story.
"Insofar as we're looking at enrollment up through April 15, it's completely accurate," he explains. "But people are still getting invoices from insurance companies."
If someone got coverage on March 31, that person might have gotten coverage for after April, or even June, says the Manhatten Institute spokesman.
"You can choose to do that," he says.
If that is the case, Feyman says some enrollees may not have paid their first month's invoice yet.
Meanwhile, Hadley Heath of the Independent Women's Forum says premium payments are just one issue with the new healthcare law.
"How many of the people in these plans were without insurance beforehand?" she asks. "How many people are paying and how much are taxpayers paying and what is the end result for the enrollees?"
Still other questions, she says, are whether enrollees will have "quality healthcare options" and a good network of doctors.
Feyman and Heath both think that these and other issues should be included in the upcoming confirmation hearings for HHS nominee Sylvia Matthews Burwell. She's scheduled to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 8.
Burwell is also expected to appear this month before the Senate Finance Committee.
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