Insurers ease deadline to pay for Obamacare policies
December 18th, 2013
02:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Insurers ease deadline to pay for Obamacare policies

(CNN) - Health insurers announced Wednesday they will give people buying coverage under Obamacare more time to make the first payment.

America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, said consumers now have until Jan. 10 to make their first payment for coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

The deadline to sign up for insurance that kicks in Jan. 1 remains the same - Dec. 23 in the vast majority of the country.

Before Wednesday's announcement, consumers had to make the first payment by Jan.1 in order to guarantee coverage starting that day.

While they won't be insured until they make that first payment, enrollees will be retroactively covered back to Jan. 1 as long as they send the first check by Jan 10.

"The short time period in which to complete these steps, particularly around the holidays, combined with the ongoing technical issues with have raised concerns that some consumers' coverage may not be able to begin on January 1," according to a statement by the AHIP board of directors.

"Health plans are voluntarily making this one-time change to the payment deadline to help protect consumers from potential gaps in their coverage caused by the ongoing technical problems" with the Obamacare website, the statement said.

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  1. smith

    Sorry kids, no presents this year. Mommy and daddy need that because our insurance was cancelled and we have to buy something called Obamacare or we get fined. Happy Holidays.

    December 18, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. rob

    "Republicans shut down the government". You know?.. that's the funniest lie of all (and considering obamas list to choosefrom, tthat's saying something). The fact that anyone who didn't drink the kool aide can look up is that Obama personally shut down the government. The republican congress offered multiple plans that funded ALL of government except obamacare. Obama himself said that he would not negotiate. Period. Then his cronies followed. He could have accepted, delayed obamacare and had the obvious much needed time to fix it BEFORE it emploded. But no. He didnt want to negotiate. Look it up. It is a historical fact.
    That perpetual lying .... then had the gall to say "republicans shut down the government". Amazing.... but the funny thing is, that lie stuck because you people selectively ignore facts that play out in the open around you.

    December 18, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Baggers still have their junk policies, so stop blaming the president about not being able to get a policy. Didn't you get the memo, insurance is now supporting ACA?

    December 18, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine


    Sorry kids, no presents this year. Mommy and daddy need that because our insurance was cancelled and we have to buy something called Obamacare or we get fined. Happy Holidays.
    Right. A few years ago, that scenario would have gone like this; Sorry kids, we can't take you to the doctor because you have a pre-existing condition and we can't afford to take you to anwhere but the emergency room. I'm sorry, but we can't afford anything for Christmas, but people like Rick Scott have made out like bandits, so we wil have to remember that when we are sitting next to the crazy crackhead, waiting to get treated.

    Whenever someone resorts to scaring children, you know they have lost the battle. By the way, Smitty, the VA attorney general's race just went the Dems: where was your prediction about VA going Red?

    December 18, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Wes


    Good news. I do not know how Megyn Kelly (Fox News) will interpret this. This woman has a big mouth. Nothing positive comes from her mouth. Good, that people have already known what kind of a person she is after Santa/Jesus debacle . Is she on Koch Bros Payroll? Anyone out there who has any idea on this?
    I have no idea what you are talking about, but I'm sure she is better looking than you. Merry Christmas.

    December 18, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Dan wrote:

    This is amusing listening to the libs babbling about how great Obamacare is and diagnosing all disagreement as ignorant
    Continuing to spout half-truths, misconceptions, and ad hominem attacks when you realize you're wrong meets the basic definition of ignorant. For example, Yolanda insisted that the only "government workers" affected by the budget deal were veterans. It is a documented fact that all government workers will have to make a higher contribution to their pension. So, she switched up to another talking point that I never made, but one that comes straight from the right wing liberal stereotype playbook.

    December 18, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. destroyerofeconomies

    This has gone from a personal embaressment for mr. Obama to an international embaressment for the nation.please mr. president,make it stop

    December 18, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Robertson

    No thanks, Obama. I'll keep my freedom of choice (if we can still call it that) and take my chances without insurance for now. I guess that means I'll be fined/taxed for holding onto that freedom. I can say goodbye to my "fun" money: gas, rent, utilities, student loan payments and who could forget FOOD – I guess I can get food stamps now! Huurahh! "Free" stuff!

    December 18, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Mac

    Insurers can extend until next year but people still aren't giing to pay for it. And when do you HHS tells us how many people actually have paid vs how many lost their plans prior?

    December 18, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Harold Richards

    Real headline: "Insurers have to move deadlines back due to lingering problems"

    December 18, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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