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20% of People Who Signed Up For Health Insurance Failed to Pay Their Premiums

The New York Times reports that 20% of “people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January.” Though under federal rule, the initial premium must be paid for coverage to take effect, “the White House urged insurers to give people more time, and many agreed to do so. But, insurers said, some people missed even the extended deadlines.” While some people may have decided they no longer wanted the health plan for which they applied, others may have failed to pay because they never received an invoice from the insurance company or because “phone lines of some health plans were overwhelmed.”

Read it in The New York Times.