By Rosana G. Ferraro |
Open enrollment, changes in HUSKY A parent/caregiver eligibility, the Anthem/Hartford HealthCare dispute, and a potential for individual mandate repeal were all discussed at this morning’s Access Health CT (AHCT) Board meeting.
Much like across the country, Access Health CT is seeing heavier website, call center and enrollment center traffic this year. The most important messages are still the same: Get enrolled by December 22, and there is help available!
Read our blog on Five Things to Know for Open Enrollment to find out about how to get enrollment help and some other important tips.
How Open Enrollment is going so far (as of November 13, 2017, according to AHCT):
- 13,300 enrollees have signed up for a 2018 health plan
- The website has had over 71,000 visitors
- The call center has answered 48,681 calls
- Enrollment centers have had almost 1,000 visitors
HUSKY A parents/caregivers losing coverage
In the 2018-2019 state budget, one of the Medicaid cuts reduces the income eligibility for HUSKY A parents/caregivers (read more about that here). In his CEO report, Jim Wadleigh mentioned that an estimated 13,000 people will be impacted, when the new policy goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
(Note: Some people may be eligible for Temporary Medical Assistance and keep their coverage for 12 more months if they have earned – work – income).
Wadleigh reports that Access Health CT is working with the Department of Social Services (who runs HUSKY/Medicaid) to put a plan in place for those affected.
Anthem & Hartford HealthCare dispute
Anthem and Hartford HealthCare have not been able to resolve their contract dispute, leaving consumers in a lurch. Since Anthem is one of two insurers on Access Health CT, CEO Wadleigh noted that if there isn’t a resolution to the dispute by December, Access Health CT plans to ensure that their customers with Anthem plans know about their options.
Potential for individual mandate repeal
The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act requires that everyone have health insurance coverage, or pay a penalty on their taxes (some people may be exempt from this requirement). Currently, the Senate tax proposal gets rid of this mandate, which could lead to less people covered, and more expensive insurance plans.
Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Access Health CT, stressed that the state exchange will continue to serve its customers and adapt to future changes, including this one, if it becomes law.
More on the Access Health CT Board Meeting
The meeting also included a report from the committee working on 2019 health plans, a proposed rule by the federal government, and a report on rate review that includes a consumer impact analysis.
You can find the meeting agenda here.
The meeting presentation has more details.
You can watch the whole meeting on demand at CT-N.