Seems InsureBlog is not the only one running a tab on the Texas Consumer Hotline. The folks at the Washington Post decided to dig into this waste of taxpayer money.
Thirty-five states received a total of $30 million to help consumers find affordable coverage, answer health insurance queries and appeal denied claims. I led the story with Texas, which received a $2.8 million grant and, with it, hired nine employees who have handled about 6,000 phone calls.
Do the math, and the federal government has spent $466 on each call that the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program has handled.
Taxpayers were allowed to invest $466 of their hard earned money for each phone call received.
This is better than phone sex but with less gratification.