This year has presented many unique and unexpected challenges, but as open enrollment approaches states are making concerted efforts to connect residents with public and private health coverage options and are anticipating more churn between programs than ever before amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Millions have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, many losing their employer-sponsored health coverage or experiencing income loss in the process. As consumers navigate ongoing changes in their income or health coverage, it is more important than ever to clearly communicate with consumers what health coverage options are available for the remainder of 2020 and heading into 2021. This expert perspective lays out key takeaways on messaging to consumers to enroll in coverage this OEP and highlights examples from two states.
1332 State Innovation Waivers: States Seek to Preserve Small Group Market Practices Through 1332
Manatt Health Solutions
The State Network 1332 Waivers Affinity Group continued with a presentation from the team at Manatt Health Solutions. This webinar included an overview of the small group market requirements in the ACA, and the efforts of three states to preserve their innovative pre-ACA programs. The presentation included information on the ways in which officials in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Vermont are pursuing 1332 waivers in order to continue these pre-ACA small group market practices, the progress that they have made thus far, and assessment of how their proposals meet the guardrail requirements under Section 1332. Prior editions of this webinar series are available in the State Network 1332 Waivers Resource Library.