February 10, 2017

Fourth Open Enrollment Numbers Reveal High Demand for Affordable Care Act Coverage

Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of consumers signed up for a health insurance plan this open enrollment period. 

While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released only the enrollment numbers for people who live in states with a federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM), the numbers clearly show the demand for coverage. The data shows that 9.2 million people enrolled in health coverage in the fourth open enrollment period compared to 9.6 million people in the third open enrollment period. This speaks volumes, considering that nearly the entire length of the open enrollment period was filled with uncertainty over the future of the ACA.

November 11, 2016

What Do The Elections Mean for Open Enrollment and Beyond?

The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.

April 27, 2016

National Minority Health Month: April Health Equity Update

April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme, accelerating health equity, reminds us that the quickening pace of change in the health arena provides strategic opportunities to narrow the disparities gaps between people of color and our white friends and neighbors. This month we celebrate the huge coverage gains among immigrants, several state initiatives to remove barriers to immigrant coverage, and Georgia’s big step toward making health insurance provider directories accurate and useful.

April 20, 2016

Improving Marketplace Enrollment: Reflections from Assisters

Heather Bates

Director of Community Engagement

After the close of each open enrollment session, enrollment assisters often debrief with each other to discuss what worked and what lessons they learned about successful enrollment. In several debrief meetings we joined recently around the country, discussion frequently touched on the increasing complexity of consumers’ needs and assisters’ growing interest in professional development.

As members of the enrollment team at Families USA, we were invited to help plan and facilitate some of these debrief meetings. Reflections about lessons learned from the last open enrollment were a crucial component of those meetings, but many also used this time to look ahead and plan for next year.

January 2016

Slideshow: January Enrollment Resources

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.

December 2015

Slideshow: December Enrollment Resources

Amid this busy open enrollment season, here our picks of new resources that will help enrollment assisters sign up consumers for coverage.

November 12, 2015

What to Expect from the Health Insurance Renewal Process

Jessica Kendall

Director of State Partnerships

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. 


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