Larry Kocot Quoted in Article, “Public Interest Grows in ObamaCare, But Will People Actually Sign Up?”


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 "Public Interest Grows in ObamaCare, But Will People Actually Sign Up?"

Following is an excerpt:

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange website has been bumpy, but the glitches haven't hurt public interest in the marketplace. ?...

Larry Kocot, visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, cautions that enrollment truly is a process and is not complete until a check is written on behalf of the enrollee to cover a monthly premium.

"It's hard to say if this will translate into enrollment," he says. "There are still many steps to the process before they actually get covered. The interface is getting better, but people still have to take the steps to enroll. It's hard to say if a poll translates into people signing up." ?...

"The pressure will increase for a lot of states to now extend coverage beyond the December 31 deadline," Kocot says. "But for those who had their policies terminated already, I don't know technically what they will have to do to reinstate their coverage. No matter how you look at it, this will be a lot of work."

Beneficiaries with cancelled policies would likely have to be contacted again and asked if they were interested in reinstating their coverage for the extra three months, which will be expensive for insurers, Kocot says.