Some Nebraskans may be facing delays when they go to apply for health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace this October.
Chaumont, director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human
Services Division of Medicaid, says the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services informed the state that the federal government can't
yet provide account transfer service between Nebraska Medicaid and the
Federal Facilitated Marketplace.
This means Nebraskans who apply for health insurance through the new online Marketplace and are determined to be potentially eligible for Medicaid may be seeing delays while their application sits in limbo.
Officials are currently estimating a one-month delay.
Gov. Dave Heineman responded to the news, saying, "This
is further evidence that Obamacare is not ready for implementation. Obamacare is a deeply flawed law and its legacy is going to be
missed deadlines, increased insurance premiums and higher health care costs."
The Marketplace is a part of the Affordable Care Act, or as some refer to it, "Obamacare". Uninsured Americans will be able to choose a health insurance plan when the Marketplace opens on Oct. 1.
More information about coverage offered through
the Marketplace can be found at HealthCare.gov.