On November 1, health insurance marketplaces officially opened to millions of individuals for 2016 enrollment. Early reports indicate a smooth launch of the open enrollment season, partially due to several new tools to ease enrollment and renewal processes for marketplace consumers. Smarter Plan Comparison Tools Recent articles have featured the many new shopping tools available […]
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third annual open enrollment period kicked off November 1st and continues through January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals can enroll or renew coverage in qualified health plans through state and federal exchanges. The ACA’s open enrollment period is a great time to focus on reaching and enrolling children as […]
The Affordable Care Act created new opportunities for health centers and primary care associations (PCA) to play a leading role in supporting outreach and enrollment into new and expanded health coverage programs. Health centers and PCAs received new funding, sometimes from multiple state and federal entities, new training and tools, and a new mandate to find and […]
Last week, six state-based marketplace directors (CA, CT, HI, MA, MN, and OR) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, where they faced tough questions on their marketplace performance, impact and future prospects. The hearing was notable for its intensive focus on operations, signaling a new emphasis […]
The 17 states, and the District of Columbia, electing to operate a State-based Marketplace (SBM) are subject to comprehensive oversight from a varied set of federal and state agencies, committees, and regulators. Ongoing reporting, site visits, and auditing spans the full range of SBM functions, including eligibility and enrollment, data security, consumer privacy, financial transactions, […]
Health insurance numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau show decreases in the rate of the uninsured in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These numbers, which cover calendar year 2013 and calendar year 2014, allow us for the first time to look at how the policies of the Affordable Care Act have […]
Each year millions of children miss immunizations, screenings and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines. Yet a recent survey found that 57 percent of families are still unaware that these benefits are available free of charge through their health plans. This webinar explores private and public health plan strategies for improving parental education on preventive care and supporting and encouraging providers in ensuring their young patients receive recommended preventive services.
Primarily for internal use, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has developed an ACA Playbook providing resources related to outreach, eligibility, and enrollment; training tools for navigators, assistors, field offices, and other policy workers; and other documents regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Montana. Affordable Care Act (ACA) General […]
This brief shares strategies for finding, enrolling, and retaining children in health coverage, which other states can implement relatively quickly and inexpensively. Many of these promising practices are the direct result of the strong working relationships between state officials and advocates and coalesce around several themes: Targeting outreach efforts to specific populations. Engaging and educating […]
As states focus on the next open enrollment period, they must employ strategies to retain enrollees as well as take more directed efforts to reach individuals that remain uninsured yet may qualify for affordable coverage through the marketplaces or expanded Medicaid programs. In this webinar, national and state speakers shared promising and effective strategies for enrollment and retention.