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GAO: Government In Danger Of Missing Exchange Deadline

06/19/13

  04:03:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GAO: Government In Danger Of Missing Exchange Deadline

The federal government could miss the October 1 deadline to enroll in health insurance exchanges, a report by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today said.

According to Reuters, the report noted that the key parts of the framework of the online marketplaces, including those that addressed consumers’ eligibility for federal subsidies, management and monitoring of insurance plans and consumer assistance, had not been completed. Additionally, many states have not completed many of the tasks assigned for implementation.

“Additional missed deadlines closer to the start of enrollment could (affect implementation),” the report concluded. “Whether these efforts will assure the timely and smooth implementation of the exchanges by October 2013 cannot yet be determined.”

Despite the concerns raised by the GAO, the Department of Health and Human Services is confident the exchanges will be ready on time. “We are working every day to establish individual and small business marketplaces, where many Americans will have access to quality, affordable coverage for the first time. We have already met key milestones and are on track to open the marketplace on time,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said.

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