Last week, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion relief package’s current proposals would change health coverage programs, including Medicaid, health insurance marketplaces, and continuation coverage offered through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). If enacted, the changes could have significant ramifications for states and individuals served by these […]
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About Christina Cousart
Christina Cousart joined NASHP in July 2010 where she has worked across a breadth of health policy topics including the health insurance marketplaces, eligibility and enrollment, consumer assistance strategies, delivery system and payment reform, health information technology (HIT), population health, and insurance market reforms. Her current project work is mainly focused on management of the State Health Exchange Leadership Network, a peer learning community of state officials working on the development and operation of health insurance marketplaces. In this role, she delivers timely technical assistance and facilitates workgroups and in-person convenings for state insurance marketplace officials. Her recent portfolio also includes work evaluating the State Innovation Model (SIM) states; advancing integration of delivery systems and HIT; and analyzing the potential for regional collaboration across states in the implementation of health insurance marketplaces.
Christina attended Wellesley College and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She also served in AmeriCorps, where she spent her year of service in New York City conducting asthma education at the Asthma Free School Zone.
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Last week, Congress released a series of legislative proposals designed to respond to COVID-19’s ongoing public health and economic crises. The proposed legislation, expected to be voted on in early March, is a direct response to the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan and includes several provisions that could significantly impact eligibility and coverage sold through […]
Updated February 12, 2021 This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign up for health insurance coverage through either the federal marketplace (healthcare.gov, which 36 states use) or state-operated marketplaces (used by 14 states and Washington, DC). This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign […]
The “No Surprises Act,” the most comprehensive federal legislation enacted to date designed to prohibit surprise medical bills, is part of the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Last month, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed 2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual rule that governs health insurance and the exchanges. Its most significant proposal is creation of a new option that allows a state to exclusively use direct enrollment by health insurers and brokers […]
The adoption and use of telehealth have exploded across states, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social distancing, and swift federal and state action to enable how telehealth is delivered and covered by insurers. These changes will have a lasting impact on how health care is delivered, affecting payers, medical providers, and patients […]
The Supreme Court decision in the California vs. Texas case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact all or just a few of its policies and programs with far-reaching consequences for states. This NASHP slide deck describes the ACA’s major provisions, state implementation of the act, and potential implications if the ACA is overturned […]
In response to COVID-19, states have made swift and unprecedented changes to enable the use of telehealth to meet the public’s need to safely access care remotely. Now, policymakers face the challenge of analyzing whether to sustain these changes as they weigh cost, privacy, and security considerations and effectiveness of remote care delivery. As officials […]
State Medicaid, children’s health insurance programs (CHIP) and health insurance marketplaces strive to prepare for an expected increase in the demand for their services as they navigate a world roiled by COVID-19, an economic downturn and ensuing budget crises, and unpredictable federal relief efforts.