Will New Laws in States with Federally Run Health Insurance Marketplaces Hinder Outreach?

Although the federal government will play a primary role in administering the navigator program in the 33 states with a federally facilitated exchange, many state legislatures have enacted or considered legislation that subjects navigators to state requirements. In a post that originally appeared on The Commonwealth Fund Blog, Katie Keith, Kevin Lucia, and Christine Monahan describe the role of navigators and well as the potentially detrimental impact of this recent state legislative activity on effective consumer outreach. Continue reading

The Impact of Laws to Allow Cross-State Sales of Health Insurance: Few Benefits, Potential Risks for Consumers

Although proposals to allow the sale of health insurance across state lines are believed to help consumers access more affordable insurance options, these proposals have rarely been studied. To better understand how these proposals work and whether they are delivering on their promises, CHIR researchers examined across state lines laws in six states – Sabrina Corlette summarizes our findings from an issue brief released today. Continue reading