Bottom line: If you are not eligible for a subsidy, you should strongly consider purchasing “off the exchange”. If you are eligible for a subsidy, you must purchase “on the exchange”. If you can afford it, my recommendation is to reconcile the totaly subsidy on your 2014 tax rerturn. By doing that, you don’t have to reveal all the detailed infromation that Medicaid wants. The downside is you will not be advanced the subsidy.
An early report of the Obamacare computer systems and their upcoming affect on your health care experience…
“Can you give us just a second, Darren? We have an all-new system because of Obamacare.”
They handed me a tablet on which I had to fill out a questionnaire. I don’t want to answer these questions for my chiropractor, and they don’t want me to have to answer them! My doctor spent our entire visit telling me how silly it is, all the hoops and hurdles they have to jump, and the repercussions for him if he doesn’t jump. There are also repercussion for him if I don’t jump. He said that if he doesn’t do this, though, he’s not allowed to get paid by the insurance companies. Think of all the paperwork doctors and dentists had to fill out for insurance companies before Obamacare, and now double or triple it.
He was very blunt. “They’re trying to end private practice.” I asked for clarification; “they” is “the government.”
My doctor computerized his records probably close to 2 years ago. I now get some unusual questions that I never received before. I went along for a few years but I’m not looking for a new doctor that’s “off the grid”. No computer and I’m happy to pay cash
Despite repeated assurances that the ObamaCare data hub is on schedule, a government audit finds that vital security measures to protect private information likely won’t be ready by Oct. 1. The implications are profound.
As far back as December 2012, Obama administration officials were insisting that the data hub at the center of the ObamaCare exchanges was nearly finished.
Yet all the while, they were pushing back deadlines or missing them altogether, to the point where, unless ObamaCare’s launch is delayed, millions of people’s privacy will be at risk.
Obama officials may, in fact, have flat-out lied to lawmakers about the data hub’s progress. (emphasis added – Ed)
Nothing to see here, trust the government and move along now. Those inside the castle walls have everything under control.
Federal watchdogs expressed concerns to lawmakers Wednesday about the security of information that will be traded through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges.
Federal tax information provided to the exchanges in order to determine benefit eligibility may not be adequately protected, an official from the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said Wednesday.
Well that’s comforting in this day and age. Over the last 15 years the government has been busy writing all of these laws to supposedly protect our privacy. From whom?
The issue is the exchange navigators will have access to volumes of your personal information.
The exchange, known as Covered California, recently adopted rules for a network of more than 21,000 enrollment counselors who will provide consumers with in-person assistance as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. In some cases, they will have access to personal and financial information, from ID cards to medical histories.
But the state insurance commissioner and anti-fraud groups say the exchange is falling short in ensuring that the people hired as counselors are adequately screened and monitored.
I’m working with a client right now that is very skittish regarding her social security number on a short term major medical plan. She will soon be on a group plan but if she had to use the exchange, I believe she would be very concerned with the amount of information navigators will have access to.
A request from Senator Max Baucus regarding various agencies interaction with “the hub”….
In response, the HHS said the ObamaCare data hub will “interact” with seven other federal agencies: Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense and — believe it or not — the Peace Corps. Plus the Hub will plug into state Medicaid databases.
And what sort of data will be “routed through” the Hub? Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, and enrollment status in other health plans, according to the HHS.
“The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic,” noted Stephen Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor.
Not to worry says the Obama administration. C’mon guys, a reality check please? Read the whole thing.
Greta van Susteren interiews John Merline from IBD: