The Winston-Salem Journal documents the trials and tribulations of a local woman trying to sign up for health insurance coverage through the government exchange website. Thanks to the Unaffordable Care Act, her current insurance plan is being cancelled and her new plan would cost roughly double what she is paying now. This left her little option than to log on to healthcare.gov to search for alternatives. The W-S Journal article sums up her nightmare experience:
Here’s the synopsis: Instead of finding a better policy, Sauers wound up with an application for a Medicaid program that she neither wants nor needs and cannot cancel. Nor can she appeal the decision.
And before she can get a subsidy to help offset the cost of a private insurance plan she didn’t want to begin with, Sauers has to apply for — and be denied from — a government health insurance program she knows she’s not eligible to enroll in.
Here’s the kicker, even if this woman ends up successfully signing up for a policy, there remains serious concerns that the insurance provider will not receive her information accurately (or even at all), and her personal information will be exposed to significant security risks.