ObamaCare Exchange Website May Not Be Fully Ready by Deadline

Posted at 10:52 AM, Sep 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 12:51:40-04

hix websiteLANSING, Mich. — The website for the new ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchange, or HIX, may not be fully functional by the anticipated launch date of October 1.

Sources tell FOX 17 there may be a hitch in the plans to allow people to sign up for insurance plans at that time.

It’s anticipated that businesses and individuals will at least be able to browse through their options online, but sources say the function that allows people to actually enroll may not be operational by that point.

According to the HIX website, open enrollment for ObamaCare’s health insurance marketplace was scheduled to run from Oct 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.

Those that don’t have insurance by January 1, 2014, may be able to obtain an exemption.

However, for those that don’t qualify for an exemption, individuals will be charged a fee on their year-end tax returns.

States that set up their own exchanges get to directly determine which companies can compete in their exchanges and negotiate benefits and prices.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does this for the states that have chosen the federal exchange.

In a state that chose a  joint-run exchange, the website says, any carrier meeting the minimum federal and State requirements can compete in the exchange.

Michigan is labeled on the website as preparing a “partnership exchange.”