Death spiral alert.
LINCOLN — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has hired temporary workers to deal with mistakes and problems with enrollment applications, which are trickling in from the state’s federally run health insurance exchange.
Under this phase of Obamacare, people without insurance must buy it or pay a penalty beginning next year, and on Oct. 1, they could start shopping around for a plan on the Obama’s administration’s healthcare.gov. But the website has been beset withglitches preventing most people from successfully completing applications for health insurance. Ten days in, Blue Cross had only received about four applications via the federal website in Nebraska.
But now the applications are beginning to come in faster, and the company received about 50 by Friday, according to Blue Cross spokesman Andy Williams.
Finally, some good Obamacare news, right? Well, sort of. The problem is, the applications are coming in with so many errors that Blue Cross has hired temps to process them manually and contact consumers directly.
“All of the enrollees are being contacted to verify information because in many cases it is coming to us as inaccurate or incomplete,” Williams said via email.