Keeping up With the Dizzying Pace of New COVID-19 Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented strain on health care communities worldwide as we rush to flatten the curve. Federal and state governments in the United States have been putting out a flurry of new policies to help facilitate care and coverage of care. We have compiled these policies and will discuss how insurers, with the right technologies in place, can best respond to the policies to quickly solve this crisis.

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How the Presidential Candidates Plan to Control Health Care Costs

Per capita, the United States spends more on health care than any other developed country. Despite growing awareness over the issue, new reports show the numbers are getting worse. According to the Health Care Cost Institute’s 2018 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, average health care spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance rose to an all-time high in 2018, costing $5,892 per person annually. From 2014 to 2018, total annual spending per person increased 18.4%. Average out-of-pocket spending increased to $907 per person annually.

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Open Enrollment 2020 Reflection

Open enrollment officially ended on December 18. The original closing date was December 15, but on this last day, the website glitched, preventing consumers from enrolling. This was the second time the site glitched during the enrollment period. During the first day of open enrollment on November 1, consumers also had trouble enrolling prompting members of Congress to write a letter to Administrator Seema Verma of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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