Marketplace Coverage Renewals: Variation in State Approaches May Affect Consumers’ Finances

State of the States

Auto-renewal through the health insurance marketplaces is an important mechanism for consumers to avoid a gap in coverage, but variations in state and federal approaches could impact consumers’ premiums and tax credits. In their latest blog post for the Commonwealth Fund, CHIR experts compare the renewal processes chosen by 17 state-based marketplaces and assess their impact on consumers’ finances. Continue reading

MEC and MV: Keeping it All Straight When it Comes to Employer Plans

Implementing the ACA

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces overlaps this year with many employer plan open enrollment periods, which has prompted some employees to ask questions about how their offer of employer coverage may affect their eligibility for premium tax credits. CHIR’s JoAnn Volk and Sandy Ahn take a look at what consumers need to know, especially if they’re offered a plan that doesn’t offer much coverage. Continue reading

Embedded Deductibles: Source of Consumer Confusion

Implementing the ACA

Understanding how health insurance works can be confusing, particularly when it comes to deductibles, a topic we’ve had a lot of questions about. In today’s post, Sandy Ahn discusses how an embedded deductible works in a health plan for family coverage and compares that to an aggregate deductible. This information is also included in our online Navigator Resource Guide released last month. Continue reading

Renewing Coverage under the ACA: Challenges and Opportunities for Federally Facilitated and State-based Marketplaces

Implementing the ACA

December 15th marks the last day by which health insurance marketplace enrollees can actively renew their plans for January 1st start dates. If they take no action, many will be auto-renewed. In a new report, CHIR experts Sabrina Corlette, Jack Hoadley and Sandy Ahn examine the renewal process and share their findings in CHIR’s latest web video. Continue reading

State-Based Marketplaces Offer More Health Plan Choices for 2015 Coverage

State of the States

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to make health insurance more affordable and accessible, in part by increasing health plan competition. In their latest blog post for the Commonwealth Fund, CHIR faculty Sean Miskell, Kevin Lucia and Justin Giovannelli find that competition is in fact increasing, and consumers shopping on the state-based marketplaces have more choices among insurers than they did last year. Continue reading

HHS Proposes EHB Rule Changes

Implementing the ACA

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently published a proposed regulation that signals some potentially helpful changes to the requirement that health insurers cover a set of essential health benefits. Our colleague at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, Joe Touschner, offers this overview. Continue reading