From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Armed with experience from last year’s open-enrollment period — and a fresh round of funding from HHS — navigators and in-person assisters are going after the uninsured population that they were unable to reach or unable to motivate last year. But they face some daunting challenges. While the start of the open-enrollment period is just a couple weeks away, only 10% of the nation’s uninsured are aware of it, according to a tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. And along with finding and signing up people new to the system, they must also help re-enroll people who joined last… Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - During the first seven months of 2014, nearly half of people who bought health coverage through a public exchange had at least one prescription filled, according to an analysis of 80 million prescription claims conducted by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - In March, it seemed improbable if not impossible that carriers could avoid double-digit rate hikes for 2015 policies sold on public insurance exchanges. With the health insurer tax, reinsurance fees, a marketplace user fee and scant information about their new enrollees, several actuaries told HEX that big rate hikes were almost certain (HEX 3/20/14, p. 1). But proposed and approved premium increases being touted by state regulators, so far, have… Read more
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