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Bumps in the Road To ObamaCare

The implementation of Obamacare has had a rocky start including here in Nevada County where County Social Services Director Nicole Pollack in giving an update to the County  Supervisors painted a vivid picture.

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Pollack says county social services workers have had to deal with new eligibility rules and policies that are not defined, and training for eligibility workers being cancelled with only a days notice because of problems with computer systems.   Pollack explained  early on, Covered California representatives talked a lot about Healthcare being like  Amazon where people could go to the website and pick the plan they wanted .
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Pollack says one problem is that some counties are using a different software program that what was introduced with Covered California, meaning staff has to enter into two different systems.

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Pollack says Nevada County currently  has 8,340 Medi Cal beneficiaries  ,  half adult, half children and the county  will be picking up more.

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It is expected that Nevada County will receive additional funding from the state  to cover  new Medi Cal enrollees.
Supervisors applauded the County Social Services office for working with a dysfunctional system. Pollack said they do have 6 months to get people enrolled and, taking the process slowly, they will move forward.

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