At least 6,859 Georgians now have health coverage through the federal marketplace. That coverage began Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. That figure, however, may actually be much higher, according to White House Deputy Senior Advisor, David Simas. “You can expect some pretty exponential growth, because that’s what we saw nationwide,” said Simas.
Two weeks into enrollment for the health insurance exchange, the number of Georgians who have signed up for the new coverage remains a mystery. Technical problems have continued to block and frustrate consumers trying to enroll online on healthcare.gov. That’s the government portal, created by the Affordable Care Act, that offers coverage for people who are uninsured or have individual health policies. It took until Wednesday, in fact, before community health centers in Georgia were finally able to get their first consumer signed up for coverage via the website.
Employees from the non-profit group Enroll America had partnered with healthcare navigators to help people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, but website issues dashed their plans. Instead, Enroll America staffers handed out information and gave presentations to the public at the East Point branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.