As states continue to consider their options with regard to ideas for Section 1332 waiver-based reforms, the next webinar for the ongoing State Network 1332 Waivers Affinity Group has been scheduled for Friday, May 29, at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET. Once again, the team at Manatt will lead a discussion on these issues. As was the case with the initial webinar, because of the breadth of this topic, staff from exchanges, Medicaid, and departments of insurance might consider attending.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's “Plan Choice Challenge" was a recent competition facilitated by Health 2.0 to spur the development of innovative technology applications that better support consumers as they shop for and purchase health insurance. The State Network and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently hosted a webinar featuring background on the challenge from Health 2.0, an overview of the winning apps, and insights on what states should consider as they explore plan selection tools.
Health insurance brokers can play a unique role in helping all forms of marketplaces to reach out to uninsured households and assist residents with new enrollments, as well as coverage renewals. Recently, several marketplaces implemented pilot programs intended to leverage the resources of agencies that are particularly interested in building their direct enrollment business under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The success of these initiatives is demonstrated by these marketplaces' plans to expand their efforts for the upcoming open enrollment period.