Kirkpatrick introduces common-sense ACA fix
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has introduced legislation to ensure people who were unable to sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace because of website technical issues would not have to go without medical care at the beginning of 2014.
“The problems during the rollout of healthcare.gov were unacceptable,” Kirkpatrick said. “My bill offers a common-sense fix to ensure that people in Arizona’s District One and across the country aren’t penalized for a faulty website. We need to make sure that folks who sought to enroll are covered.”
Kirkpatrick’s bill, H.R. 3745, would provide retroactive insurance coverage to Jan. 1, 2014, for individuals who tried to enroll in an exchange health plan prior to Dec. 23, 2013, as long as they enroll and pay their premium by Jan. 31, 2014. The bill will also ensure that people who enrolled correctly but do not yet have their insurance card are not discriminated against when they seek health care.
“This bill offers accountability on all sides,” Kirkpatrick said. “It requires enrollees to pay their retroactive premiums and any applicable cost-sharing fees, and it helps ensure they have the health security they were promised. I’ll keep fighting to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is working for Arizona families.”