Only about a third of an estimated 150,000 people who applied for the program so far have been enrolled, say officials.
Caregivers blame Pennsylvania’s decision not to expand Medicaid, as well as the continued stigma of seeking such care.
In Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross’ success in enrolling 283,000 new members has presented several challenges.
One man’s opposition to the health law turned after the self-employed, self-reliant man bought a plan available through the law, which helped him pay his hospital bills when faced with a heart condition.
A 39-year-old Philadelphia day care teacher, made three monthly premium payments at more than three times the subsidized rate just to make sure she was covered. And her insurance has still been canceled three times
As enrollment continues for some, insurers like Independence Blue Cross in Pennsylvania are busy trying to show new customers how to use their policies.
Drivers are targeted because few have health coverage.
Married couples earning over $62,000 are not eligible for subsidies they might have gotten as two single individuals.
Several sites are helping consumers compare policies and figure out whether they are eligible for federal subsidies.
As many as 400,000 Pennsylvanians, most of them low-wage workers, will go without coverage next year because Pennsylvania officials have not opted to take federal money available under the health law to expand Medicaid.
When consultants ran simulations of the exchanges that open for enrollment Oct. 1, they found that price was a major consideration. But so were hospital networks — more so than retaining doctors.
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