Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “ObamaCare Week 8 Progress Report: Another Delay”


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 Week 8 Progress Report: Another Delay."

Following is an excerpt:

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to FOX News Friday that the enrollment period for 2014 would be delayed by one month to start on Nov. 15, 2014 (and after midterm elections).

The move just allows more confusion to persist, says Brookings Institution visiting fellow Larry Kocot, which isn't good for consumers and certainly doesn't benefit the Obama Administration. He says this delay on top of the president's announcement last week of a fix that allows people to can keep cancelled insurance plans at the discretion of the state regulators and insurers, only further complicates the rocky rollout. ?...

"I think by all anecdotal indications, the sites are working better and more people are coming into the system," Kocot says. "Whether they will pay their premiums or not remains the question." ?...

"Some pieces have different timelines and won't impact the overall performance of the system," he says. "Percentages on completion at this point can be misleading. This certainly won't impact enrollment, unless this has a ripple effect for the system to work properly. These percentages may not be as relevant to the November 30 deadline as they are later on."