We have applied for ACA coverage in Kentucky, for several reasons. For one, Ken-tuck operates its own state exchange. Thus KY should be immune from potential damage from those lawsuits to kill tax subsidies for everybody in Federally operated exchanges. Kat likes Amazon, and they like her work. We’ll be back next year. Reason Number Two is we will have to file a Kentucky and a Taylor County tax return the spring following every year she works here. But we’ll be here four months at most, and elsewhere for eight: we can still call South Dakota HOME for rig registration and non-Amazon tax purposes. With no state income tax, we can count on SD to be completely down with us calling the Black Hills our income tax home. Reason Three is KY has a good multi-state plan through that old chupacabra, Blue Cross. Next year the ACA is going to really clamp down on their blood-sucking tricks, and I think we can make do with them until we go on Medicare.
Kentucky is considered one of the success stories of Obamacare. It’s a state-run exchange that is largely functional, and has signed up a lot of people. We are not yet among them. The application is twelve pages long over the internet, and it is roughly as stressful and detailed as doing your own income tax return by hand. Then you sign electronically, click SUBMIT, and you’re officially in. I did all that, but in review overlooked a one digit error in the middle of my SS number. My reward: an error message telling me I had until January 27 to send all kinds of documents to verify income, Social Security Number, and citizenship status.
I’m on Social Security, I have a passport, and an honorable discharge. The NSA knows I’m a citizen.
What would you do next? You’d try to edit your online SSN, right? Yeah, but that’s not allowed. You can edit most of your information after submitting, but not your serial number. Unfortunately that is not mentioned when you are asked to sign and submit your app. I’m an idealist about government: I just can’t accept that. I tried Customer Service and heard, “You’re out of luck, Jim. Send us them docs.” I called another CS rep and got the same answer.
I then tried higher up, and heard encouraging words. “We can fix that. I’ll open a case. Somebody will call you to get the information to fix it. Is this a good number?”
That was Wednesday. Today is Saturday and so far there’s been no word. I best call Monday. You know that in time, “We Shall Overcome”. This is good policy: let’s make it succeed.