3-Year Navigator Grants Will Provide Stability to Enrollment Assistance

Implementing the ACA

The U.S. Department of Human Services has published the first indications of where it intends to take the Navigator program for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges. Some new policies could bring some much needed stability to in-person consumer assistance. Our colleague at Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families, Tricia Brooks, has the details. Continue reading

New Georgetown Report: Assessing Consumers’ Experience with ACA Coverage through the Eyes of State Consumer Assistance Programs

Implementing the ACA

While the ACA has successfully resulted in 16.4 million newly insured people, we don’t yet know a lot about how that new coverage is working for them. However, state consumer assistance programs (CAPs) have the eyes and ears on the ground to help identify problems or gaps in private insurance coverage. Georgetown researchers surveyed 10 state CAPs and found many common issues for consumers’ coverage experiences, pre- and post-ACA. Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act and Entrepreneurship

Implementing the ACA

Recent media articles touted the news that Senator Ted Cruz was planning to sign up for health insurance through one of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Our colleague Sean Miskell notes that this is an example of the law working as intended, freeing people to pursue their professional hopes and dreams, without fear of losing job-based health coverage. Continue reading

New Survey of Physicians Finds ACA Did Not Result in Influx of New Patients

Implementing the ACA

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Athenahealth finds that the newly insured under the Affordable Care Act did not result in an influx of new patients for physicians. Current medical student and guest blogger Mason Weber summarizes the main findings of the report, which surveyed approximately 16,000 physicians. He also offers his own perspective as a physician-to-be about the lack of discourse on a physicians’ ability to provide care effectively within the larger healthcare reform debate. Continue reading

Health Plan Narrow Networks: Highlighting Transparency Deficiencies for Consumers

Implementing the ACA

A recent conference hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health system transparency allowed a diverse group of stakeholders – state and federal regulators, an insurance industry executive, a provider, and CHIR’s own Sabrina Corlette to discuss how the emergence of narrow provider networks on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces has spotlighted deficiencies in the information available for consumers to make good plan choices. Sabrina Corlette shares some of the issues debated and discussed. Continue reading