The first in a series of short analyses explaining certain provisions of the sweeping new standards issued by the Obama administration to guide the operation of state Medicaid managed care plans. Here, we look at changes affecting the enrollment process.
Enrollment assisters have an important role to play in educating public officials about issues that consumers face. As trusted voices in their communities, assisters are in an ideal position to help decision-makers understand the health care issues that affect the consumers they work with, such as affordability and access to quality health care.
Public policy outreach and education can help make a difference in the lives of millions.
Get ready for the new year and the last stretch of open enrollment. Here is a roundup of the top five resources for enrollment assisters.
Amid this busy open enrollment season, here our picks of new resources that will help enrollment assisters sign up consumers for coverage.
The third open enrollment period for consumers to buy health insurance through the marketplaces has officially begun! Automatic renewal will help ensure that people who got covered in 2015 stay covered in 2016. But to make sure they are getting the best plan they can afford and the right amount of tax credit, consumers will need to be active shoppers—and many will need help from assisters to make the right decision.
Across the country, enrollment assisters on the front lines are getting ready to help the uninsured enroll in health insurance and help people with health insurance renew their coverage. To be as efficient and effective as possible in this important work, assisters require dozens of resources at their fingertips. We have compiled some of the best resources that are essential to help enrollment assisters do their jobs.
On September 2, HHS announced grants to organizations from 34 states to deliver the in-person assistance that has proven essential to the enrollment process. We congratulate all those who received funding and applaud HHS for continuing to support these critical positions. One big change this year is that HHS awarded the grants for three years, with 12-month budget cycles. This shift to three-year funding brings stability to enrollment assisters in the 34 states that receive federal funding for navigators.
Thousands of enrollment assisters across the country have worked tirelessly to help consumers sign up for coverage, often under stressful circumstances with little support. These assisters typically work independently in their communities, and it’s important to prevent them from feeling isolated or burned out. This blog shares creative ways that organizations can support and motivate enrollment assisters.
In the second open enrollment period that just ended, one million more people of color signed up for marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care Act than enrolled during the first year. This achievement is thanks in large part to the more than 20,000 thousand navigators and assisters around the country who offered in-person assistance in communities of color. But we’re far from achieving equity when it comes to health coverage. Here we share recommendations to make improving enrollment efforts in communities of color a priority.
From screening prospective clients to guiding consumers through the application process, volunteers are helping navigator and assister programs with enrollment efforts.