As the COVID-19 crisis began to take hold, state-based marketplaces (SBMs) were quick to respond to the first nationwide public health emergency since the Affordable Care Act created new coverage options in states. Informed by conversations with seven SBMs that established an SEP—Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island and Washington—this expert perspective highlights strategies that successfully drove enrollment, including: leveraging their SBM status to quickly and efficiently operationalize customer service in a new remote environment, directly engaging with existing customers as well as reaching out broadly to new ones, and adapting outreach tactics based on new insights regarding audience needs and behaviors to reach them most effectively.
Repeal and Replace: Overview of Graham-Cassidy’s Market-based Health Care Allotment
Deborah Bachrach, April Grady, Jocelyn Guyer and Cindy Mann, Manatt Health
This brief, prepared by Manatt Health, provides an overview of the proposal developed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and filed on July 27th as a substitute for the American Health Care Act passed by the House to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal retains many features of the July 20th version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) released by Senate leadership (and rejected by the Senate on July 25th), including per capita caps on Medicaid spending and elimination of the individual and employer mandates.
At a high level, the Graham-Cassidy proposal would replace federal funding for Marketplace coverage and some aspects of Medicaid with a capped allotment that would be distributed to states in the form of block grants. States would have significant flexibility to use their block grant funds for coverage, payments to providers or other health care-related purposes.