A difficult start and tech glitches with the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) have become notorious by now, especially with the new Federal website Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act | HealthCare.gov. In a news conference this morning President Obama signaled his unhappiness over these problems but pleaded for patience, indicating issues due to the overwhelming response by the public and intensified effort to make the system effective. President Obama went on to refer people to assistance by phone as well by contacting 1-800-318-2596 to enroll with a real person.
Meanwhile state exchanges appear to be offsetting some of the stress of enrollment. In Washington State news sources report an approximate enrollment of some 25,000 individuals so far, with another 37,000 applications pending. Of the 25,000 enrollment figure some 3,000 applications represent a filing for different plans certified by the state and the balance for Medicaid.
According to the State, some 1 million persons, or 1 in 7 are without health insurance in the State of Washington. So there will be a lot of movement during the 6 month enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. One additional resource aimed at locating local resources can also be found at Find Local Help | HealthCare.gov though reference to the state exchange may be made, see also Washington Healthplanfinder | Washington Healthplanfinder
Other suggestions for help include community centers, hospitals and personal physicians as well as local events and other resources, Affordable Care Act resources | Consumer News | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News For business there is also a seminar on the 30th of this month, Puget Sound Business Journal, Health Care Seminar. Even Costco members may receive help, Costco Healthcare Reform Info Center.
As with most things these days, especially something new dealing with sensitive information, caution is warranted.