Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “ObamaCare Progress Report Week 4: Testimony, Applicants, and Continued Glitches”

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Larry Kocot, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "ObamaCare Progress Report Week 4: Testimony, Applicants, and Continued Glitches."

Following is an excerpt:

A tense hearing took place on Capitol Hill Thursday, as CGI and other contractors for the ACA's website testified to defend their work, and claimed the government failed to properly test Healthcare.gov before its massive rollout on Oct. 1. ?...

And while the testimony from these contractors was compelling, Brookings Institute visiting fellow Larry Kocot says the more important details will come next Wednesday, Oct. 30, as Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify on Capitol Hill. ?...

"These hearings are an appropriate oversight vehicle for Congress as they deserve comprehensive answers," Kocot says. "Next week, Sebelius will be asked some tough questions and we will have more facts to go on after the hearing."Due to the issues many Americans are continuing to have while trying to enroll in health insurance plans on the website, Kocot says it's still too soon to evaluate the exchanges.

"It's nearly impossible to grade the academic performance of a school when it has been shut down for mechanical failure," he says.

Anecdotally, he says state exchanges continue to improve in performance, while the 36 states being fully and/or partially-operated by the federal government exchange continue to struggle. ?...

Kocot expects a surge in people signing up toward the end of the open enrollment period which comes to a close on March 31, 2014. ?...

"Enrollment is only effective once the beneficiary pays a premium," Kocot says. "We are seeing evidence of applications though, not enrollment."