As of the December 23 deadline, fewer than 13,000 Nevadans had signed up for their state-run health insurance exchange. Half of those signed-up, have yet to pay.
The target sign up number for the state is 118,000 by March 2014. “It will be challenging to meet the 118,000 goal but we are working to make sure Nevadans have all the insurance options available to them and have the ability to enroll,” said exchange spokesman CJ Bawden.
The Nevada Health Link Facebook page is littered with unhappy Nevadans.
“Website is white screening. Phone number is saying it cannot connect,” wrote one unhappy consumer. “Looks like a lot of people won’t meet the deadline due to the program not functioning.”
Another wrote, “On hold over 51 minutes. Unable to log on … frustrated in Tahoe!”
“That caught us by surprise,” Jon Hager, executive director of the state’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, told his board members earlier this month.
The state is expecting a surge in Medicaid signups, as the new health care law expands eligibility requirements to allow single adults without children onto the program.