Balance of Power: De-glitching Colorado healthcare. 9NEWS at 8 a.m. 2/15/15.
Brandon Rittiman, KUSA 11:32 a.m. MST February 15, 2015Balance of Power(Photo: KUSA)KUSA— Sunday marks the end of the second year’s open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, and in the final days of the big push: another glitch.This time, it hit subsidies. The state government and Connect for Health both told 9NEWSthe system accidentally added last year’s income to this year’s applications, causing people with subsidies to lose them or see them shrink dramatically.On this Balance of Power, Ellen Daehnick, a former Connect for Health board member appointed and then removed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, discusses her frustrations with the lack of forthright answers from the state’s official health insurance exchange.Balance of Power airs every Sunday at 8:50am on 9NEWS, right before NBC’s Meet the Press. Episodes and extended interviews are posted on Sundays to 9NEWS.com.YOUR THOUGHTS: connect with Balance of Power on Twitter and Facebook to send us your questions and comments. You can also send us an email. ([email protected])Later in the program, 9NEWS political experts Ryan Frazier and James Mejia tackle the practical political struggles that tie into the exchange’s problems.WHO’S IN CHARGE?Officials with Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing (HCPF)couldn’t tell 9NEWSwho is directly in charge of the Shared Eligibility System (SES,) which is where the latest glitch occurred.”Welcome to my world,” Daehnick said. “The answer I got was, ‘we’ve got it under control, just trust us.”In her roughly year-and-a-half on the board of Connect, she says she couldn’t get answers to basic questions like this about the systems like SES, which were implemented to make the exchange work.”You don’t have a responsible individual or entity, you don’t know who’s at fault, or who has the power to fix the problem,” Daehnick said. “You want to know who has the power to fix this and make it better.”A LACK OF ACKNOWLEDGMENTDaehnick says a similar approach applies to the lack of data from officials about the number of people affected by … – Click Here To Visit Article Source