- Posted October 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obamacare: Your story
Success - Well Almost - Not Quite
For the past several days since the new Marketplace Exchange opened to allow people to apply for health insurance and check out the plan options available in their individual state, my life partner Iohn and I have been trying to navigate the system. Each of the previous times have been unsuccessful.
Earlier this evening, we did manage to create an account for Iohn at HealthCare.gov. However, when attempting to verify Iohn's identity we kept getting one error after the other. I documented this earlier this evening in No Go Yet on Marketplace Exchange.
Shortly before 10 p.m. and before Iohn called it a night so he could rise at 4:30 a.m. Saturday for work, we decided to try one more time. This time in only 23-25 minutes we were successful in verifying Iohn is Iohn and complete the application.
Sounds good, right?
Well almost, but not quite. After successfully completing the application, we were taken to a screen with a link that would reveal Iohn's eligibility for a subsidy if he qualified.
Remember the subsidy will be a tax credit at tax time and not deducted from the monthly premium. (Subsidy Tax Credit Not Instant Deduction from Premium)
When clicking the link, a new browser tab opened. What loaded was a blank page. A few moments later an email came in with a link to view a notification about Iohn's status.
Once clicking on the link in the email, we logged back in to Iohn's account. All we found was a summary screen notifying Iohn his application and eligibility status was "In Progress".
From the Cornfield, yes, after days of trying, we have to say success at last. At the same time, the success is short-lived. Iohn and I still have no clue whether he is eligible for subsidy nor do we know what the plans, options, coverages, costs, deductibles, co-pays of each plan may be.
For now we still sit in the Cornfield and wait.