Enrollment assisters and stakeholder organizations are working tirelessly to help consumers enroll in health coverage that meets their needs and budgets. But for enrollment assisters working in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid, it isn’t always possible to find an affordable health coverage option. Some people will not be able to get financial help to purchase health insurance through the marketplaces or access low- or no-cost coverage through Medicaid.
Last Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made two announcements about open enrollment periods:
1. Open enrollment for 2015 will take place November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015—a month longer than HHS had initially contemplated. This is welcome news!
2. There will be no change in the enrollment period for this year—enrollment will end on March 31, as scheduled. We all have an important role to play in reminding consumers to get busy and enroll now.
There are now 24 days until March 31—the last day to buy health insurance through the marketplace. As of the end of January, 3.3 million people had signed up for coverage, and the Obama Administration has now shared that enrollment has grown to 4 million.
Under the Affordable Care Act, no American can be denied coverage, charged a higher monthly premium, or sold a policy that excludes coverage of important health services just because he or she has a pre-existing condition. This is called pre-existing condition discrimination, and without the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that prohibit this, a lot of Americans would be affected.
Today, we’re kicking off an occasional series of posts that will focus on the intersection of health and technology. Over the coming months, we’ll explore ways in which technology is helping to improve the way that doctors and other providers deliver health care to their patients.
In this first post, we’re going to explore how telemedicine can be used to increase access to specialist care. In future posts, we’ll explore topics that range from pills with sensors that track when they have been swallowed to electronic health records.