For those following me on how a Pennsylvania enrollment is going, I want to let you know that I’ve sent the check on my ACA policy to Highmark. (Has Highmark billed this yet? NO.)
I am hoping to see what will happen if the “complete” information from the ACA / Healthcare.gov site is shared with an actual insurer.
All these headlines about “only six people enrolled!” are probably bunk. Also, the ones about the insurance companies wringing their hands about whether or not people have enrolled. Even odds are on that check being returned to me, “because we have no such policy in our records” or some sort of bureaucracy like that. This means they didn’t bother to check with the Marketplace/Exchange. Probably 3:1 odds someone is smart enough to hold on to the check, pending a file transmission from the Marketplace.
Too much time got spent trying to sabotage this program. I am available to any reporters looking for quotes from citizens out here trying to make this long overdue, valuable program work.
[Update: There are less than eight weeks before that policy is live. Insurers better be ready to collect the insured’s portion. I am sure I’m not going to be the only, even if I were the first. ]