State says most have yet to pay for health plans
BOSTON (AP) — State officials say about 150,000 people have determined eligibility for insurance plans on the state’s overhauled Health Connector website. But less than 1 percent has paid for 2015 coverage with a deadline fast approaching.
The connector rolled out its new website on Nov. 15 to replace the one that was crippled by technical problems, forcing hundreds of thousands of people into temporary Medicaid coverage.
Residents eligible to buy insurance through the connector have until Dec. 23 to make their first payment. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/12BCuyz ) reports that few have sent checks so far, but state officials aren’t worried because people historically wait until the last week to pay.
The head of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans has expressed concern about the low enrollment and the prospect of many people going uninsured.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com