Obamacare really seems to have set things on fire. Almost all people are talking about this topic and according to the latest news, the deadline has been extended another week for the consumers to enroll into an insurance coverage. Now they have until December 23 and the changes will take effect starting with January 1, 2014.
A lot of people have become frustrated because of the fact that they couldn’t enroll using the official governmental webpage that has been released back in October. The government believed that the consumers won’t have enough time to enroll and so they extended the deadline which initially has been set on December 15.
The officials say that the extension applies only in case of the people who would like to have the benefits starting with January 1. Generally speaking, if a person would like to have coverage starting with the first day of the month, they will have to enroll until the 15th of the previous month.
What do the insurance companies have to say?
Although this new deadline might work better for the consumers, the insurance companies claim that it will make it more difficult for them to offer coverage to all consumers. The success of the project will depend on the number of people who will enroll in the last moment. People should also know that in order for the coverage to begin, they also have to pay the first premium.
The people in charge of the website claim that in the majority of the cases the site will be running smoothly by the end of November. However, they admit that it won’t be working perfectly. The new features include a newsletter which lets people know when the threshold is met, at which the website cannot function properly. According to the estimations, the website will be able to support the presence of 50,000 people at the same time and 800,000 people per day.
The officials feel the need to stress that this isn’t a simple website. It is a website that needs to process millions of different situations that the consumers present it with. It has to be able to determine the eligibility for county and state programs and all their permutations.
All we can do is wait and see whether the website will run as smoothly as the officials would like us to think it will.