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LETTER: Why I haven’t signed up for Obamacare

I keep reading and hearing on the news how very few people have signed up for government subsidized health insurance (a.k.a. Obamacare) so far. I personally can tell you why this is the case, in Colorado at least.

A month ago (Oct. 14) I signed on to connectforhealthco.com to sign up for insurance. According to their guidelines, my household income obviously does not qualify for Medicaid but does qualify for the subsidy. However, I must first apply for Medicaid and be turned down before I can apply for the subsidy. I applied for Medicaid that day, form work that took more than an hour to fill out, and was told it would take up to 40 days to process my application. I mistakenly figured, since I make significantly more than the maximum income, it would take much less than that. No, I was told by Colorado PEAK (Program Eligibility and Application Kit) today, it is taking 35-45 days for everyone.

So, no, I haven’t signed up for Obamacare yet, even though I strongly support it. And I figure there are a lot of other people in the same boat with the Dec. 15 deadline getting closer.

Ginny Gera

Glenwood Springs

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