Many consumers have plans from 2014 and will simply opt to renew. And, for many, renewal is the best option. But, as our infographic shows, to make sure that they are getting the best plan this year, all consumers should head to the marketplace to shop for plans during open enrollment season.
Whether you’re renewing your plan or buying one for the first time, the questions in our infographic will help you choose the plan that’s right for you.
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
By partnering with health insurance companies, enrollment assisters gain access to plan information and health literacy resources. Assisters can more easily obtain answers to consumer questions about the marketplace plans available to them and troubleshoot consumer problems.
Five Key Insights by Health Insurance Marketplace Experts for a Successful Second Open Enrollment Season
In preparation for the start of the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces, we’ve sponsored a series of talks with directors from state- and federally-run marketplaces across the country. These discussions share what’s top-of-mind for state health officials—lessons learned, the needs of consumers in this upcoming enrollment season, and insights into what has worked so far, and why.
Here are five key insights offered by marketplace experts from California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Virginia, and Washington State.
Whether they need guidance with improving outreach, helping consumers understand their health coverage, or using the media to spread the word, resources are available to help navigators and assisters be successful.
The Obama administration announced on Monday that 115,000 consumers will lose their health coverage under the Affordable Care Act on October 1 because they did not submit the proper paperwork proving their legal immigration or citizenship status.
An additional 363,000 consumers may see their financial assistance affected because they did not accurately report their income. More than eight in 10 people who applied for health coverage in the federally facilitated marketplace qualified to receive this financial assistance (also known as premium tax credits or premium subsidies).
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 success of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period is clear: More than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces since last October. Among different racial and ethnic groups, however, increases in health insurance coverage varied widely. African and Asian Americans enrolled at relatively high rates, while Hispanic enrollment was lower. The results from the first enrollment period tell us that minority enrollment is on the upswing, but there is more work to do.
Accelerating the Affordable Care Act’s Enrollment Momentum: 10 Recommendations for Future Enrollment Periods
Building on lessons learned during the first enrollment period, this report identifies 10 key steps that HHS and state marketplaces can take to significantly increase the number of people who enroll in health insurance during the next enrollment period.