Health care was a pivotal issue during the recent midterm elections, and with the Democrats on Nov. 6 winning back control of the House, the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is presumably off the table. And given some key outcomes on a state level, there’s now potential upside for Medicaid managed care organizations as six states may pursue Medicaid expansion. As for Medicare Advantage plans that are in the middle of the 2019 Annual Election Period (AEP), they’ll be happy to cut the noise and get back to business, industry experts tell AIS Health. “The election was a pretty big distraction for market share growth for the AEP,” says Jeff Fox, president of Gorman Health Group, who heard from health plan clients that enrollment slowed down. With mixed messages in the media about the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions and “Medicare for All,” “seniors were confused about what’s real and tend to assume a lot of these things pertain to them, so agents were out there trying to explain what’s going on and it was tough from a sales perspective.”
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