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 […]
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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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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 […]
During this public health emergency, new federal laws (HR 6201, HR 748) are making significant steps to eliminate consumer cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, diagnosis, and prevention while states are working to increase insurance access and surprise billing protections. The recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes several provisions that expand the ability of Medicaid and the […]
New regulations imposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) require a significant change in how insurers bill consumers for health insurance premiums. The technical change: Imposes a significant administrative burden on insurers, the health insurance marketplaces, and consumers; Raises premium prices; and Risks generating confusion among consumers when they pay their […]
Maryland has a long history of enacting statewide health reforms and 2019 was no exception with the passage of several significant reforms, including the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program (MEEHP), which passed with bipartisan support and was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in June. Maryland is also implementing a new value-based plan design for health insurance marketplace plans and […]
September was a busy time for state insurance regulators as they worked to finalize rate filings and prepare for the upcoming health insurance open enrollment season. While initial filings indicate nominal increases to individual market premiums for the 2020 plan year, insurance costs are escalating for individuals and families who receive coverage through their employers. […]