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Since the October 1 launch of the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges/marketplaces, there’s been a growing din over the field conduct of navigators and insurance agents, in the process of enrolling eligibles on behalf of the exchanges or the health plans participating in them. Meanwhile, the associations backing brokers are putting pressure on the Obama administration, insisting that brokers should be more involved in the enrollment process. Add a regulatory infrastructure that is lax – at best – when it comes to training and enforcement … does anyone else have a sense of déjà vu? It’s the market conduct growing pains of the Part D inception all over again. There is no doubt that some of the “navigators and agents gone wild” stories out there are simply anecdotal rumor mill reports coming from enterprising local reporters, or are “stings” by conservative bloggers and activists scoring cheap anti-reform points.
Of the many, many things I gave thanks for last week, there was Jeffrey Zients, the White House management guru brought in to sort out the mess that is the launch of ObamaCare, and for his geek squad working feverishly on the fixes. His long-awaited progress report was released on Sunday, and it’s amazingly sanguine for a government document. Knowing big IT projects as we do, it’s impressive how far the fix team has gotten in a matter of weeks, much of it in consumer-facing functionality on the “front end” of the website and the enrollment process. What remains to be seen is what can be done this month on the crucial “back end” functions that connect to insurance companies participating in the exchanges — the functions for which ObamaCare will ultimately be judged when coverage kicks off on January 1, and the true test for Mr. Zients and his geeks.
Consultants were in the news this week; that doesn’t happen often. In this scenario which I will not deeply dive into, a private consulting team was brought on to independently assess the status of a certain federal health insurance enrollment system. Their assessment, after reviewing hundreds of documents and conducting scores of interviews, includes a number of risks with some detailed root cause drivers.
Back in the ’80’s Fram Oil Filters had an advertising campaign that featured an actor dressed as a mechanic, admonishing viewers to get their oil changed and get a new oil filter, to prevent costly engine damage. “Pay me now or pay me later,” he said.