Building On a Solid Foundation: Leveraging Current Programs and Infrastructure in Navigator Program Development
National Academy for State Health Policy – Rachel Dolan, Christina Miller, Kimm Mooney, and Anne Gauthier
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) establishes health benefits exchanges and requires them to create a navigator program to assist consumers and small businesses as they apply for and enroll in coverage. This report, prepared by the National Academy for State Health Policy, highlights the progress of six states on their initial navigator program development. Also included are potential lessons from these states’ planning efforts. The brief also gives an overview of key design considerations, lessons on incorporating current state programs, and avenues for next steps.
This expert perspective reviews key considerations for states exploring Marketplace insurance subsidies and highlights the experiences in the five states that have established state-based subsidies that supplement the ACA’s premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions.
The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented national effort to manufacture, distribute, and ultimately administer COVID-19 vaccines to all Americans. While the federal government is coordinating distribution of vaccines from manufacturers to states, individual states (and certain municipalities) are responsible for coordinating the various components of infrastructure and operational logistics needed to take the vaccine from federal distribution channels to the arms of Americans. This expert perspective outlines four recommendations for states to engage their managed care plans to assist in efforts to successfully and rapidly vaccinate the Medicaid population.