I used to work on healthcare insurance enrollment systems. This is a bad sign for the next Obamacare open enrollment period:
People will be renewing at the same time that others are enrolling for the first time, starting a week and a half before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 15. To ensure that they have a new plan by the beginning of the year, those who renew will have to sign up by Dec. 15. Exactly how the renewal process will work has not yet been determined.
“We’re still waiting on the details of the process,” said Paula Steiner, chief strategy officer for Health Care Service Corporation, which offers Blue Cross plans in five states. “We haven’t gone through any testing yet of any changes to the system for 2015.”
Not having plan details is normal — the insurance carriers might not provide that data until the last minute — but not having specifications for the process this close to opening for enrollment is going to be a real problem.