Rising Unemployment During COVID-19 Precipitates States Opening Marketplaces

Last week, 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment as industries buckled under COVID-19, according to the Department of Labor (DOL). This is the highest number of jobless claims since the DOL started tracking the data in 1967. 

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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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Acceleration in National Health Care Spending and Why

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data showing that national spending on health care increased to $3.6 trillion in 2018, or $11,172 per person. 2018’s growth rate was 4.6 percent, where 2017’s was 4.2 percent.

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Long-term Benefits Outweighs Risks of Running an SBM, Report Finds

A growing number of reports have showed it is in states’ interests to run their own health insurance marketplace.  

Most recently, a report from the Urban Institute and the Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms uncovered the primary factors driving states to switch from the HealthCare.gov platform to a full state-based marketplace (SBM). The authors of the report spoke with 22 stakeholders from Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania—all states transitioning to an SBM model—to gather evidence 

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Rising Uninsured Rate and How States Can Respond

Earlier this month, many noted the Census Bureau’s report of the increasing number of uninsured Americans. 8.5 percent, about 27.5 million people, lacked health insurance in 2018, up from 7.9 percent in 2017. It was the first year-to-year increase in the uninsured rate since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.

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Maine the Latest to Join the SBM Groundswell

To improve the state’s ability to fund education and outreach, Maine Governor Janet Mills submitted a letter of intent last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to become a state-based marketplace on the federal platform (SBM-FP).

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CMS Recap: Star Ratings, Declining Enrollment, Declining Premiums

Between the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s (CMS’s) recent release of the Early 2019 Effectuated Enrollment Report and the Trends in Subsidized and Unsubsidized Enrollment Report and CMS’s newly…

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