September 29, 2013 Leave a comment
October 1 is a very important day this year.
Not only are the new online portals for health insurance slated to open but also it’s my birthday. Plus I’ll be starting a five-day, crazy-awesome trip to New York City for my business reporting class.
But, more relevant for the rest of the interwebs, the health insurance exchanges or marketplaces run by the federal government are supposed to go live in just two short days. But both state-run exchanges and federally-managed ones are facing problems and delays that may inconvenience anyone eager to jump right in. The individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2014, though, and to meet that deadline, people won’t have to purchase through the online exchanges until Dec. 15., 2013.
In Missouri, there’s a federally-run exchange. Because, as we’ve covered already, the voters passed an initiative prohibiting the state from creating one back in 2012.