New Medicaid Numbers Show Enrollment Increased by 8.7 Million Since October 2013: On October 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the August report on enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). More than 8.7 million additional people — nearly a 15 percent increase — enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP since the first open enrollment period began. Enrollment increased by 22 percent in states that expanded Medicaid; non-expansion states saw an increase of 5 percent.
Update on Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Data Matching Issues: Last week, CMS sent additional notices to consumers who had not submitted documents to resolve citizenship or immigration status data matching issues by the September 30 deadline. Additional information was requested because of matching errors between consumers’ data and the data in the FFM system. These consumers will lose their marketplace coverage on October 31 if they do not take action.
IMPORTANT: Anyone who is facing loss of coverage — or loss of their financial help due to an unresolved income data matching issue — can still submit documentation to the marketplace, even after their coverage is terminated, to resolve the issue. Consumers can contact the marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 for assistance.
Nevada Outlines Re-Enrollment Process: Nevada is switching to an enrollment platform supported by HealthCare.gov for OE2. Therefore, everyone currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through Nevada’s marketplace, Nevada Health Link, needs to re-enroll on the new application platform starting November 15. If enrollees do not take action, they will be automatically renewed in their current plan without financial help. Consumers can find information on re-enrollment, including how to find in-person help, here in English and here in Spanish.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island Receive New Federal Grant Awards for Outreach and Enrollment Assistance: On October 14, CMS awarded $13.9 million and $5.9 million to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, respectively, to help consumers enroll in and renew their coverage for OE2. The funding is from an Exchange Establishment grant that is open to state-based and partnership marketplaces. Massachusetts will use the award to develop and execute an outreach and enrollment campaign, and Rhode Island will add capacity to its call center, deploy mobile assisters, run a health insurance literacy campaign, and enhance its IT system.
Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Finds Many Uninsured Unaware of Open Enrollment Timing and Financial Help: The latest tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, released on October 21, finds that six in ten uninsured consumers plan to get health coverage in the next few months. However, the poll found a large information gap about timing: nearly nine in ten were not aware that open enrollment begins November 15. Consumers were also concerned about cost and had limited awareness of the financial help that’s available: nearly half of respondents not expecting to get health coverage said the main obstacle would be affordability, yet 53 percent of the uninsured did not know financial help may be available. These results echo Enroll America’s research finding that the remaining uninsured lack the facts they need about their coverage options. Enroll America is continuing to work with partners to engage the remaining uninsured as November 15 approaches, and remains optimistic — while the remaining uninsured may be harder to reach, our research shows that they’re not necessarily harder to convince.