OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Concerns over the readiness of the federal data hub and the impact of tweaks made to health reform mandates add to the air of uncertainty with open enrollment nearly one month away. Lawmakers have expressed worries over cyber attacks, and have questioned whether or not the Federal Services Data Hub, which will link several government agencies for eligibility purposes on subsidies, will be ready in time. A.M. Best Washington Bureau Manager Jeff Jeffrey notes that final certification for the hub is scheduled for Sept. 30, one day before the start of open enrollment. In addition, Sam Fleet, president of AmWINS Group Benefits, said that the hub issues, along with a loosening of the individual mandate, may lead to widespread fraud. Fleet also expressed concern about the impact of the one-year delay on the employer mandate on small businesses. A.M. Best Assistant Vice President Sally Rosen said that she expects larger businesses to take a wait-and-see approach on evolving exchanges and by and large not discontinue offering benefits just because the penalty has been lifted. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=reform813 to view the video program.
People who appear in this episode include:
- Samuel Fleet, President, AmWINS Group Benefits;
- Sally Rosen, Assistant Vice President, A.M. Best Co.; and
- Jeff Jeffrey, Washington D.C. Bureau Manager, A.M. Best Co.
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