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.
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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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COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of American life, including access to health insurance coverage, which is critical during a pandemic. Job losses and reductions in hours have resulted in millions losing employer coverage or the income needed to pay premiums, forcing them to join the already sizeable ranks of the uninsured. State marketplaces have […]
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposed rule that would for the first time allow tax deductions for money spent for certain health care programs and arrangements, including direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministries.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2021 — the annual rule governing health insurance plans and health insurance marketplaces. While the final rule contains several changes, it does not significantly alter automatic re-enrollment for individuals who purchase through the health insurance […]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 a week, which supplements traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and provides an important source of additional financial support for individuals who qualify for these payments. However, as highlighted in NASHP’s April 6, 2020 blog, Federal Guidance Needed to […]
COVID-19 has upended health care systems and states are revising health insurance rules to make sure consumers can maintain their health insurance coverage and access needed health care services during the pandemic. The chart below details recent state actions that: Limit consumer out-of-pocket costs for testing, treatment and out-of-network care; Facilitate access to and delivery […]
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, health systems are increasing their use of virtual tools and telehealth at unprecedented speed and insurers are expanding coverage for the services. These tools have great potential to help consumers access services that may be difficult to do so in-person and help physicians manage patients’ care remotely. As the […]
As COVID-19 diagnoses grow, states are making rapid-fire adjustments so consumers can access the care they need. One key strategy has been promoting health insurance enrollment to protect consumers from potentially exorbitant medical bills. Recognizing more protection is needed, state insurance regulators are also making sure consumers maintain their coverage, find appropriate care, and are […]
As unemployment rates rapidly rise and more individuals seek new health coverage options, states are preparing for an influx of new Medicaid and insurance marketplace enrollees. While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides significant support for a broad array of services, its $600 a week in additional unemployment compensation could […]