Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long‐term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for nearly two decades. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004‐05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot‐ News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy. | Contact: PGalewitz@kff.org | @PhilGalewitz
How valuable people find their new health coverage will help shape public opinion of the law going forward.
The program's extension is one of several initiatives the Obama administration announced Thursday to make it easier for consumers to get health coverage despite balky enrollment websites.
Navigators report a surge in consumer interest since the website became easier to use.
Officials say publicity for the Affordable Care Act and its requirement that most people get insurance will attract tens of thousands of people who are currently eligible for Medicaid but have not enrolled.
The "pay-it-forward" program has served more than 4,000 adults in the Battle Creek area since 2007.
Under the president's plan, insurers will be permitted to extend this year's policies into next year, but it’s far from clear that insurers will want to follow through. Some state regulators may not even let them.
Numbers released by the government Wednesday deepened doubts about the law’s immediate viability, and proposed fixes have shortcomings.
A subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, which built the federal data hub, will oversee the fixes.
Despite the president's urging that frustrated consumers use call centers, advocates say they're not "a realistic alternative" for comparing and selecting coverage.
Insurance companies confirm a small number of successful signups through the federal website.