Illinois Policy Institute Director of Health Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman has written an article about the 10-10 rejection of over $500,000 of Obamacare navigator money by the McHenry County Board.
It’s topical because there is going to be a re-vote on the subject tonight at the County Administrative Building across the street from the County Jail. The 10-10 vote meant the resolution failed.
Here summaries of the three points made in the article:
- According to the [McHenry County] health department’s proposal, 10 in-person counselors would be provided for a period of five months. If they each worked full-time during the 13-week open enrollment period from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, that would be the equivalent of more than $112 per hour for each of the 10 proposed assisters.
- Citing the experience in Florida and Texas, this point is made: “The idea that rejecting this money will undermine sign-ups both ignores the evidence from other states, as well as the many overlapping and duplicative efforts already aimed at ObamaCare enrollment.”
- Board members first – If more ObamaCare is a great idea for McHenry County, are the board members willing to publicly pledge to enroll in the ObamaCare exchange, forgoing their current county taxpayer-subsidized health-insurance coverage? Are they willing to lead by example?