The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality and accessibility in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act creates new competitive private health insurance marketplaces – called the Affordable Insurance Exchanges or “Exchanges” – that will provide millions of Americans and small businesses with access to affordable coverage.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated HealthCare.gov to respond to health insurance changes going into effect in 2014 in an effort to help consumers get ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace. When open enrollment starts on Oct. 1, 2013, consumers will be able to apply, compare plans and enroll. Coverage starts as soon as Jan. 1, 2014.
CMS has added new information to Marketplace.cms.gov. There are a variety of materials for hospitals and consumers including brochures, fact sheets, videos, a postcard, resource card and a consumer checklist. Also available are drop-in articles, a customizable event flyer, talking points, widgets, badges and more. The media announcement and a full list of all the new Marketplace products are available online.
CMS recently released a variety of data on qualified health plan selections by county for 37 states participating in the federally-facilitated marketplace. The data reflects all activity reported through Feb. 22, 2015. Information on Kansas only county-by-county data is listed below. If you have questions, please contact Audrey Dunkel at (785) 233-7436.
Want to see how the online application and enrollment process will work for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace? CMS released a video that walks you through the single, streamlined online application by showing how a user can create an account, fill in the application, and see which new health insurance options users are eligible for. Another video on the online enrollment process explains the "Enroll To-Do List” and shows how users can see side-by-side comparisons of available health insurance plans.
Click here for a recording of the KHA Webinar on Navigators.