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ACA dates to add to your coverage calendar

enrollmentThe fourth open enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act – for coverage in 2017 – begins on Nov. 1.

Here are four key dates to remember: Continue reading

Those who assist with health plan enrollment now have expanded roles – are they prepared?

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One clear lesson that health law advocates have drawn during the first two enrollment seasons under the Affordable Care Act is that many, many people need help sorting through their health plan choices as they try to enroll.

Among the many ways to get that assistance is by consulting a government-funded navigator or in-person assister (IPA), who must have training in the health law and enrollment procedures. Continue reading

Things to watch for as Medicare open enrollment gets underway

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Photo: jennie-o via Flickr

This week marks the start of Medicare’s open enrollment period, when beneficiaries can shop for a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) for 2016. Open enrollment happens every year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging people with Medicare to check whether they’re getting the best price and quality plan available based on their current and anticipated health needs. Continue reading

Digging deeper into the Census’ new health insurance stats

Margot Sanger-Katz

Margot Sanger-Katz

Two fellow AHCJ core topic leaders, Susan Heavey and Joseph Burns, have looked at aspects of the recent census report that documents a sharp decline in the uninsured rate. (Susan’s look at poverty and gender is here and Joe’s overview is here).

It’s also worth taking a look at four points made by Margot Sanger-Katz in a recent New York Times Upshot post. Continue reading

Looking ahead to the second ACA enrollment period

Photo by jfcherry via Flickr

Photo by jfcherry via Flickr

We’re closing in on the start of the ACA’s second open enrollment season. Both Kevin Counihan, the new HealthCare.gov “CEO” within the Department of Health and Human Services, and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell have been speaking out a bit more about the upcoming season.

But there’s a lot they aren’t saying – or touting. Here are a few things we do – or don’t – know about what to expect by Nov. 15, the start of the three-month enrollment period: Continue reading