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August 20, 2014

Some Mass. Residents Have to Re-Enroll in ObamaCare

Approximately 400,000 Massachusetts residents, or nearly 17% of the state’s population, will need to re-enroll in the state’s ObamaCare exchange, “and many of them probably do not even know it,” according to The Boston Globe. “They are people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance and who instead sought insurance through the state. After the Massachusetts insurance website failed last year, most of them were enrolled in temporary coverage that ends Dec. 31, which is why they must select a new plan.” The exchange, called Massachusetts Health Connector, plans to spend between $15 million and $19 million dollars on a publicity campaign to get those facing the possibility of losing coverage re-enrolled. And even then, it’s not guaranteed the new system will be stable. As former Department of Health and Human Services official Michael Astrue put it, “[It’s] likely that, at best, we will only have a partially functional system on Nov. 15,” the day the new system goes online. Partially functional pretty well describes ObamaCare. More…

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