Health Care Sign-Ups Increase Dramatically

Data was released Monday by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services regarding how many people signed up to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Exchange, through December 28.  The numbers were very impressive considering the problems with the website that occurred beginning October 1st, 2013 the first day that people could sign up for insurance. 

As of December 28, 2.2 million signed up for health insurance across the country, including 75,000 Michigan residents.  This is a pretty amazing number of people, considering that only 365,000 had signed up in October and November.

Its very clear that the interest and demand for health insurance amongst the uninsured was always there.  The problem was the website that was poorly designed and couldn't handled the volume of traffic.  But once the website, www.healthcare.gov, was dramatically improved by the end of November, then the sign-ups surged.

There is around 45 million Americans without health insurance, including over 1 million in Michigan so it doesn't surprise me the least that ounce affordable, quality health insurance became available that vast numbers of people would take advantage of the opportunity to get health care coverage.  If you don't have good health for yourself or your kids, life can be pretty difficult.  And one of the key reasons that we needed health care reform in this country that led to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, is that 50% of all bankruptcies in this country are due to medical bills.

The other big concern was that young adults wouldn't sign up for health insurance because they think there are invincible or wouldn't be responsible enough to make the smart decision to obtain health care. Well the December 28 figures disprove that notion - about 25% of all the people that signed up were young adults between 18 - 35 years old.

But these enrollment numbers are only the initial set of figures.  The 6 month enrollment window runs to the end of March 2014.  I fully expect that millions more Americans will sign up by the end of March. There's always an element of human nature to wait to the last minute to pay for taxes or in this case sign up for health insurance.

So encourage people that you know that don't have insurance to go to the Health Insurance Exchange website www.healthcare.gov, do the proper research to figure out what health care plan makes sense, how much of a tax credit the person might be eligible to receive to help pay for the health insurance and then sign-up!

Its a great feeling that if you or your children get sick, then you can go see a doctor immediately and get the care you need and know that its not going to bankrupt you!  

 

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