With less than four weeks away to the largest massive enrollment in this nation’s history, I decided to take to the streets to get a firsthand account on how the local hospitals are approaching the October 1st enrollments.
Since hospitals cannot refuse anyone and have argued that they are at the frontline in providing care to the uninsured, one would assume that hospital administrators would be proactive and implement a policy to enroll everyone using their facilities. Considering that the hospitals are where every uninsured individual goes first.
The fact is that mostly all the hospitals visited in Palm Beach Counties personnel and human resource dept are not proactive and in most cases personnel are unaware of what will be occurring on October 1st. Its business as usual and only one hospital was fully aware but enrollment was not a priority. Others have private outsourced services to enroll the uninsured but are not aware of what is occurring or even that government certification is required.
The overall sense is with all the changes in regulation concerning healthcare, our healthcare provider’s hospital administrators have become desensitized to the whole individual healthcare issues.
It’s all about the funding from the government and state programs for services rendered. The individual healthcare enrollment does not provide the immediate revenue administrators are seeking. Therefore individual enrollment is not a priority.