US President Barack Obama’s ambitious health care reform program, which has entered its second year, is facing the biggest test on Monday when the deadline ends for customers to choose their medical insurance plan for 2015.
The current enrollees will also have the last chance till midnight today to make the necessary changes meant for reducing the premium increases ahead of the new year.
To make the process easy and comfortable for the people and also avert instances of technical glitches happened last year, HealthCare.gov and state insurance websites have left no stone unturned to handle the heavy online traffic before the deadline.
The consumers in the East can enroll for their health plan until 3 am on Tuesday.
According to the reports, the Americans had to spend long time waiting at the federal call center to get their health insurance related queries addressed. The inflow of consumers started dramatically, mainly due to a rise of current customers, at the call center around the middle of last week.
The current customers are more jittery about their queries related to the premiums and policies. Many of them will be facing higher premiums, although experts say they could ease the risk by shopping online for a better deal.
Nearly 6.7 million Americans enjoy the medical coverage under Obama’s signature law, called Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, which offers subsidized private insurance.
If sources are to be believed, the Obama administration aims to surge the new enrollments under the Obamacare to 9.1 million in next year. To achieve the target, the program will have to maintain most of its current enrollees while signing up over two million new paying customers.