I’m getting the feeling that a lot of people are signed up for health care, but haven’t yet paid

kaiser_permanente_logoI’m fortunate (for at least one more year) because we get our Kaiser health insurance through my husband’s employer.  I like Kaiser and can highly recommend it for those of you who are searching for new insurance options in Norther California.

But I’m not writing this to shill for Kaiser.  Instead, I’d like to relay to you the important notice it has on its website:

If you enrolled in a Kaiser Permanente health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, thank you for choosing us as your partner in health.

If you applied for a January 1 effective date, you should receive a bill for your first month’s payment in the mail by January 11, if you haven’t received it already. In order for your coverage to be effective as of January 1, 2014, you must pay your first month’s premium no later than January 15, 2014.

Once you receive your bill, you can pay your premium online at kp.org/paypremium or by mail. (If by mail, payment must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2014.)

If you don’t receive your bill by January 11, 2014, please call us at 1-800-759-0584.

We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you.

Welcome to Kaiser Permanente.

When I read that, it occurs to me that many have chosen, but few have paid.  Or maybe I’m just letting suspicion about the administration’s veracity when it reports sign-up numbers color my perceptions.

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  • Matt_SE

    “…many have chosen, but few have paid. ”
    If correct, we’ll find out soon enough. Adverse selection would drive the insurers out of business pretty quickly, I think. They would then need a bailout. Of course, that was already planned for and included in Obamacare. And a good thing, too (from the insurers’ perspective); could you imagine having to go before this House of Representatives and beg for a bailout?!

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    Wow. I wish I could work in a business where if a customer kicks the tires it is as good as  a sale. Are there commissions for that?

  • JKB

    Revealed in the answer to question 2 over at Wonkblog today:
    The other challenge now is getting people to pay for coverage. I was surprised today calling around to people to find only about 50 percent have paid. That’s not a reason to panic yet. The due dates for payment have been sliding all around, so people can be confused. But it can be a mess. Some insurers are doing autocalls like politicians do the night before the election asking people to pay.
    A health industry expert on ‘the fundamental problem with Obamacare’

  • Old Buckeye

    I suspect that many who signed up think IT’S FREE.

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  • Libby

    Right, like we’ll ever get a straight answer on the number of Obamacare(dot)gov sign-ups out of an administration that provides us statistics on how many jobs were “created or saved.” It’s all nonsense and b.s., and after 5 years they’re certain that no one who matters will call them on it.