In its second round of navigator grants, announced on Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $60 million to organizations in the 34 states where the federal government operates the health insurance marketplace. Of the 90 organizations receiving funding, 61 are returning for a second year of outreach and enrollment assistance.
The Affordable Care Act did a lot to help uninsured consumers get health coverage, but it did not entirely resolve the very real problems with insurance affordability for low- and moderate-income consumers. These consumers often struggle to meet other living costs and, even once they have health insurance, may not be able to get the health care they need because they have trouble paying for costs associated with their premiums, office visits, and other types of health care.
This is the first in our series of posts about the second open enrollment period.
The second open enrollment period for consumers to buy health insurance through the marketplaces runs from November 15, 2014, through February 15, 2015. Not only are an estimated 5 million more people expected to enroll during this period, but it will also be the first time that everyone who signed up for coverage in the first open enrollment period can renew their coverage.
What did you miss on your vacation? Our readers’ favorite blogs from the summer reflect some of the hottest topics in health care policy.
With cost a major factor in consumers’ health insurance plan choices, it’s not surprising that our coverage of the 2015 rates for health insurance premiums attracted the most readers this summer. Beginning in May and June, health insurers began releasing their proposed monthly premium rates for 2015. We wrote about premium rate predictions, five trends we’d observed in the 2015 rate filings, and laid out a roadmap for advocates seeking to challenge unreasonable increases in premium rates using a process known as “rate review.”