An announcement by California and Oregon stating their ACA insurance exchanges will not be fully operational by the October 1 enrollment launch has sparked a debate about the long-term impact of these delays on enrollment. Critics of the ACA view the slow progress of exchanges as foreshadowing to an impending disaster, while others view it simply as a “soft launch” for the January 1 deadline. AIS’s Health Reform Week recently published an article in which ConnectedHealth’s Sr. Vice President of Business Development Fred Karutz weighed in on the discussion.
“To me, this is the health care version of much ado about nothing. We all knew that implementation of exchanges was a tall order, and not an easy thing to digest in one big open enrollment,” says Karutz.