HealthCare.gov glitch sending Maryland customers to navigators in other states

posted at 9:21 pm on January 6, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Sad trombone:

Marylanders who use the federal health reform site to search for navigators who can help them enroll in health plans in-person are getting directed to agencies in other states.

The problem lies with a glitch in the federal website that occurs when Marylanders type in their zip code. The website directs users to navigators in Pennsylvania, Virginia and other states.

Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for Maryland’s website, said state officials are “aware of the problem and we’ve reached out to (Health and Human Services) to ask them to get it fixed as expeditiously as possible.”

Well, who could expect the federal government to know…zip codes?

Now, why are Maryland citizens on the federal exchange? Don’t they have their own exchange, about which President Obama said this?

Folks in different parts of the country will have different experiences. It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. (Applause.)

Yes, they do have their own exchange, which has managed to sign up only 12 percent of their target and has left the state in a sad tug-of-war between misplaced pride and hope in its $107 million exchange and a desire to get as many people signed up as possible:

Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, formally asked the state’s health secretary for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland’s exchange is being repaired. He wrote in a letter to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.

Delaney cited recently released data from the White House that indicated 2.1 million people have signed up for private insurance nationally, including more than 1 million through the federal marketplace. The congressman compared that to 18,257 Maryland residents who have been able to enroll, which is 12 percent of the state’s goal of 150,000.

“We have fallen quite far behind the national average and we’re running out of time,” Delaney wrote, adding that he has heard from frustrated and concerned residents throughout his district, which stretches from Garrett County in western Maryland and includes a significant portion of Montgomery County near the nation’s capital.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, who wants to run for president and planned to use his aggressive Obamacare implementation as a feather in his cap with the party and Democratic voters, is “keep[ing] the idea of moving to the federal exchange or partnering with other states under consideration.” Isn’t time running a little short, here?

Somebody should probably take a well-earned vacation.


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HealthCare.gov glitch sending Maryland customers to navigators in other states

Interstate Commerce…

Electrongod on January 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Are they sure it isn’t the gunfire in Baltimore?

viking01 on January 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

It sounds like the Nigeria email scams. Where is my “unclaimed” prize? I just need to send $100 right? For the postage?

Oil Can on January 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

are they sure it isn’t the gunfire in Baltimore? viking01 on January 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Oh say can you see?…

You can cross the Francis Scott Key bridge,,, for a price.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Will Obamacare be repealed or won’t it? Will Congress fund it or won’t it? Will the web site be fixed or not? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or (wo)men? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS: the gestapo of America’s political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day. Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.
How To Opt Out Of Obamacare

Know your options and become savvy self-pay patients

Join a health care sharing ministry. These are voluntary, charitable membership organizations that agree to share medical bills among the membership. They function similar to insurance, and are probably the best alternative to conventional health insurance. There are four of them, at least that I know of. Three are open only to practicing Christians (Samaritan Ministries, Christian Healthcare Ministries, and Christian Care Ministry) while a fourth, Liberty HealthShare, is open to anyone who agrees with their ethical commitment to religious liberty. They operate entirely outside of Obamacare’s regulations, and typically offer benefits for about half the cost of similar health insurance. Members are also exempt from having to pay the tax for being uninsured.

From the article by Sean Parnell

http://thefederalist.com/2013/12/04/opt-obamacare/#.Up9MwGKiM_o.email

devan95 on January 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Obviously the entire state of Maryland is junk and Dog Eater knew that, so he programmed DeathCare accordingly.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

HealthCare.gov glitch sending Maryland customers to navigators in other states

Interstate Commerce…

Electrongod on January 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

So that makes the federal law constitutional.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

. So that makes the federal law constitutional.

Only if you can find a Fed judge or two, or three to say it is.

Oh, crap,, I thought you said unconstitutional.

We aren’t talking about wheat.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

It’s 10:00 pm. Do you know where your QOTD is?

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Maybe AP’s ‘puter got windchill?

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

So that makes the federal law constitutional.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

That isn’t the way I think…

Interstate Commerce is something that the free market develops…

Not the Feds…

But the Feds needed interstate Commerce to justify ObamaCare and get it past the courts…

So they created it out of thin air…

Welcome to ObamaLand

Electrongod on January 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM

HealthCare.gov glitch sending Maryland customers to navigators in other states

BFD. Just move to the other state and quit whining.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:24 PM

HealthCare.gov glitch sending Maryland customers to navigators in other states

….ACORN…has to work?

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

s 10:00 pm. Do you know where your QOTD is?

Coming soon. MKH always post like a ten minute warning. Sometimes twice.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

But the Feds needed interstate Commerce to justify ObamaCare and get it past the courts…

So they created it out of thin air…

Welcome to ObamaLand

Electrongod on January 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I was joking that the Maryland exchange sent the info to other states on purpose so that it would be an interstate transaction and therefore Obamacare would be constitutional.

But Roberts kinda ruined the need for that. They removed the “bug” after his ruling in all the states except Maryland.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

:)

Electrongod on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

“aware of the problem and we’ve reached out to (Health and Human Services) to ask them to get it fixed as expeditiously as possible.”

The epidemic misuse of words and the decay of thought. When anyone reaches out to someone, the expression means to offer help. But when Maryland bureaucracy reaches out, the outreach is a request. I’m not picking on Maryland, but what do these folks then mean when they actually try to reach out to the poor, the vulnerable, the disenfranchised?

What they meant was, we were “aware of the problem and we’ve grasped at straws to (Health and Human Services) to ask them to get it fixed as expeditiously as possible. Yet HHS has yet to reach out.”

I know its picayune, but the words are generated by the thoughts and here the thoughts are smothered by the trappings of PC social-worker double-talk into meaningless nonsense. Sort of like when Obama stands in front of the teleprompter.

flicker on January 7, 2014 at 4:29 AM

Yes, they do have their own exchange, which has managed to sign up only 12 percent of their target and has left the state in a sad tug-of-war between misplaced pride and hope in its $107 million exchange and a desire to get as many people signed up as possible:

As a MD resident I can assure you I have zero pride in my state.

The only thing MD does well is suck. Though I suppose we can add fail to that list now.

Gatsu on January 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

I really believe the story that this thing was designed to wreck the insurance industry and bring about single-payer. Even liberals aren’t incompetent enough to make Obamacare perform as poorly as it has so far unless that was their intent from the beginning.

n0doz on January 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Ed,

You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three
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verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM