Washington Post: Obamacare Round 2: States gear up for start of next enrollment period in November


This year’s enrollment will be half as long, and by now, the most eager participants have already signed up. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) 

October 5
As states gear up for Round 2 of Affordable Care Actenrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva.

Alva, 28, works part time at a video store and is about to graduate from California State University at Northridge. Getting insured is about the last thing on his mind.

“It’s not a priority,” the television and cinema arts student said. “I am not interested in paying for health insurance right now.”

The second round of enrollment under the nation’s health-care law promises to be tougher than the first. Many of those eager to get covered already did, including those with health conditions that had prevented them from getting insurance in the past.

About 30 million to 40 million people remain uninsured in the United States, according to various surveys.

 

“When you look at those who remain uninsured, they are in many ways harder to reach,” said Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, a nonprofit group that signs up consumers for new health coverage. “This is really about doubling down and reaching those folks who didn’t get the message the first time.” 

 

Continue reading here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obamacare-round-2-states-gear-up-for-start-of-next-enrollment-period-in-november/2014/10/05/031f0522-4b44-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html

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