Covering NH expects big push for Obamacare signups before March 31
Covering New Hampshire held 70 events last week around the state, where certified helpers can answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and provide step-by-step enrollment support. Nearly 300 such events will be held statewide in March alone.
"It's been slow (today)," she said in an interview. "I think it's been going well. I'm just doing my best to inform people and try to help them learn more."
The early 2014 enrollment numbers saw considerable increases. They were in marked contrast with the botched launch, which was marred by problems with healthcare.gov, the federal government's online portal for the health insurance marketplace. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reported last month that 3.3 million people had enrolled by Feb. 1. President Obama, last week, said enrollment topped 4 million. The administration hopes to reach 6 million, an estimate revised from an earlier 7 million goal.
New Hampshire's enrollment figures show considerable progress, compared to other states, according to Karen Hicks, project manager for Covering New Hampshire.
Hicks said the website — CoveringNewHampshire.org — has had steady traffic and a considerable uptick over the past week. The website, which went live in late December, includes a calendar of the events. Residents may also call (800) 318-2596 for assistance.
There are 11 plans offered in the New Hampshire network via Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. A breakdown of the so-called metal levels, which designates various insurance deductibles, co-pays and offerings, are: 23 percent Bronze, 59 percent Silver, and 18 percent Gold.
Covering New Hampshire is the "official, free resource" by New Hampshire Health Plan, which manages the state's high-risk insurance pool, via federal funding. Its strategy is to reach people where they are. Hicks said that includes the hundreds of events in towns and cities around New Hampshire, as well as local outreach use of social media channels, and advertising spots on radio and television.
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