Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Changes Marketplace Leadership Structure: HHS is amending its leadership structure for the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) to strengthen management and accountability going into the 2015 open enrollment period. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now have a new operations-focused principal deputy administrator, a chief executive officer (CEO) with responsibility and accountability for the FFM, and a marketplace chief technology officer reporting to the CEO.
New Survey Shows Most New Enrollees Were Uninsured: The Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a new survey conducted after the end of the first open enrollment. The survey found that a majority (57 percent) of new marketplace enrollees had been uninsured before signing up through the marketplaces, and that most of that group had not had health insurance for two years or more.
New Resources from CMS’s “From Coverage to Care” Initiative: To help the newly insured get the most out of their health coverage, CMS launched new “From Coverage to Care” educational materials on June 16. From Coverage to Care features multimedia resources in English and Spanish explaining topics like how health insurance benefits work, why preventive care is important, how to find a primary care provider, and the difference between primary and emergency care.
HHS Releases Report on 2014 Marketplace Plans: On June 18, HHS released a reportfeaturing new data on premium affordability, consumer choice, and insurer competition in the FFM. According to the report, 87 percent of FFM enrollees received financial help, nearly 70 percent of whom signed up for plans with premiums of $100 a month or less. The average premium for the most popular plan level, silver, was $69 a month. The report also finds that, on average, consumers had five insurers and 47 health insurance plans to choose from.