Before the Obamacare enrollment deadline the people at the Department of Health and Human Services took it upon themselves to obtain individuals’ personal information and start their applications for insurance. Then they mailed the individuals letters informing them that their applications were pending and to go to healthcare.gov to confirm the information and complete the process. The Shark Tank reports that this was happening in Florida, but you have to wonder if other states were also sending personal data to HHS to help them get these applications started.
Here is how the letter reads.
“You submitted an application for healthcare coverage, or made a change to your eligibility information. Your state sent your information in a secure transaction to the Health Insurance Marketplace, because you or someone on your application does not qualify for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). You or someone on your application will likely be able to get coverage through the Marketplace, and get help paying for health coverage…We used the information from the state agency to start an application for you on Healthcare.gov. You’ll need to complete and submit this application to see if you qualify for Marketplace coverage. To do this, you can log into your Healthcare.gov account, or if you don’t already have an account, you can create one on Healthcare.gov.”
HHS urged enrollees to “confirm” information and “choose a plan before the deadline.”
Oh, and don’t forget that they were also knocking on doors to remind people that they hadn’t yet signed up.