People are being turned away from health care in 2014 because the hospitals can't tell if the people are covered.
Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can't determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect.Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it.In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can't afford.'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!' a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.'The people in there told me that since I didn't have an insurance card, I would be billed for the whole cost of the x-ray,' Galvez said, her young daughter in tow. 'It's not fair – you know, I signed up last week like I was supposed to.'The x-ray's cost, she was told, would likely be more than $500.