Dan Mangan asks in his recent report on the CNBC Web site (Oct. 20) “What happens if they flip the switch to begin Obamacare’s second open enrollment period next month and hardly anybody shows up?” This question could also potentially be put to others, chiefly the Obama administration. Have they done all they can to educate the public about its signature Affordable Care Act? Including, its purported benefits and the procedures for getting on board?
Also, according to the CNBC report, a very recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll says 9 out of 10 those persons classified as uninsured did not know that open enrollment starts again – – in November, 2014. This is indicative of a widespread lack of knowledge when it comes to overall knowledge of the Affordable Care Act.
When Kaiser conducted similar research in 2013, it discovered Obamacare knowledge gaps at that time, as well. What is different in 2014 – is that the second enrollment period will only run from November, 2014 to February, 2015. Not for 6 months like it did back in 2013.
Mollie Brodie, who is in charge of the Kasier poll, is quoted by CNBC as saying, “I think a lot of work needs to be done. We’re at the very early stages of the second enrollment period, and right now one of the main target audiences is not primed or focused on it.”