Updated Privacy Settings on HealthCare.gov: Leading up to the launch of the third open enrollment period (OE3) on November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled new privacy features for the HealthCare.gov enrollment platform. The updates, described in an October 9 blog post, include a new “privacy manager” that makes it possible for consumers to opt in or out of having their information collected and stored for data and analytics purposes and/or follow-up messages (such as reminders about enrollment deadlines) via social media. Users can access the privacy manager by going to the bottom of HealthCare.gov and clicking on “Privacy Settings” in the footer.
State-Based Marketplace (SBM) Updates:
- As of October 12, individuals enrolled in 2015 health coverage through Covered California could start renewing their coverage or enrolling in new plans for 2016.
- On October 8, Covered California released new data on enrollment and retention, finding that more than 2 million Californians have been enrolled in the marketplace since OE1 started, including 1.3 million who are currently enrolled. Of marketplace enrollees who disenrolled, 85 percent moved to other forms of coverage, with nearly half gaining job-based insurance. The report also includes more information on financial help, demographic information, and plan selection data by income level.
- Kentucky: Kentucky Health Cooperative, a nonprofit issuer created under the Affordable Care Act’s CO-OP program, is facing a financial shortfall and no longer offering 2016 health coverage. The coverage for roughly 51,000 current enrollees will continue through the end of 2015, and these consumers can pick new plans for 2016 during OE3.
- Maryland: On October 9, the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits released a report criticizing the financial management and procurement practices of Maryland Health Connection surrounding its OE1 launch. The audit includes a response from the marketplace, which disagrees with some of the findings and explains steps the marketplace has taken to act on the recommendations in the report.
- Minnesota: On October 12, MNsure announced it would expand the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) opportunity for members of American Indian tribes to family members who are not tribe members but apply as part of a household with a tribe member.