A new report released last week confirms the findings that enrollment experts emphasized on our teleconference with reporters last Wednesday: We still have a ways to go in getting “hard-to-reach” populations enrolled in health coverage.
Easy-to-understand information on how to choose a plan, get financial assistance, and enroll in health insurance through the marketplaces, including four new fact sheets on how to keep and use health insurance.
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.
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).
Recently media outlets have reported that the government is having trouble verifying the income information of as many as 2 million people enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. As a result, they say, consumers may be getting the wrong level of tax subsidy to help them pay monthly premiums. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have characterized these discrepancies in income data as yet another flaw in the new health law.
Every year at tax time, more than 2 million married taxpayers file returns separately from their spouse. Usually, consumers who are legally married are required to file a joint tax return with their spouse in order to receive financial assistance to lower the cost of buying health insurance through the marketplace. However, for some taxpayers, such as survivors of domestic violence, filing taxes jointly with a spouse may not be an option, as getting in contact with a spouse may be traumatic, dangerous, or prohibited by a restraining order.
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.
Enrollment workers wear many hats, but one of the most important aspects of their job is helping consumers choose a plan that meets both their financial and health care needs. With all the different variables involved, it can be a daunting task. To help, our Enrollment Assister Network held a webinar to discuss how to help consumers understand and compare health plans.
See who’s enrolling in health insurance in the marketplace, which plan categories are most popular, and the percentage of consumers who chose a plan with financial assistance.
A new and widely circulated Health & Human Services report indicates that approximately 2.2 million people bought health insurance through the marketplace through the end of December, 2013 (3 million, as of late January)—the first half of the inaugural open enrollment period. These figures paint an encouraging picture of enrollment—momentum is building. A marked increase in December enrollment figures supports this, as December’s enrollment figures in state-run marketplaces were more than three times greater than the total enrollment for the previous two months.