Health Providers ‘Bracing For Chaos’ In 2014


How many Americans think they obtained health insurance through Obamacare but really didn’t? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Doctors and other health care professionals aren’t looking forward to it. They’re “bracing for chaos” in 2014.

Planning to use your new Obamacare insurance benefits early in the new year? If you don’t have your brand spanking new ID card, you’d better bring along your wallet.

Insurers and health care providers are bracing for some chaos at the start of 2014 when the newly insured begin to use their Obamacare health coverage.

Because of the repeated, last-minute deadline extensions, some applicants’ enrollments may be incomplete in insurers’ systems on Jan. 1.

This is particularly true of those who wait until after the first of the year to pay. Many insurers are giving consumers until Jan. 10 to send in their first payment and will make benefits retroactive to Jan. 1. But coverage will not actually take effect until the payment is processed.

There could also be errors in the files being transmitted by Obamacare exchanges to insurers. (Read More)

In related news, Americans have been rushing to health care providers in droves trying to get treatment and tests before the first of the year. The saddest cases are those who lost their health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

Update: Politico reports that health insurance companies are in a last minute scramble trying to sort out the Obamacare mess. I’m thinking they won’t be having a happy new year.