By Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Managing Director, Manatt Health | Joel S. Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health | Bowen Garrett, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute | Heather Howard, Director, State Health and Value Strategies | Dan Meuse, Deputy Director, State Health and Value Strategies | Julie Bataille, Senior Vice President, GMMB | Alison Kruzel, Senior Vice President, GMMB | Jason Levitis, Principal, Levitis Strategies
As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, more than 30 million people have applied for unemployment benefits. If this level of unemployment persists, it will lead to substantial reductions in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI). Depending on how Congress responds, there are likely to be significant increases in Medicaid and Marketplace coverage, as well as more people uninsured. These coverage churns will leave states grappling to understand and implement timely and effective strategies to ensure individuals have access to and enroll in coverage that is most appropriate for their situation.
In a new webinar presented with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies program, the Urban Institute, GMMB, and Levitis Strategies, Manatt Health advised states on strategies to address the rapidly evolving changes to the coverage environment. During the webinar, speakers discussed published models’ conclusions as to where individuals are expected to gain coverage over the next 18 months, including data from a recent Urban Institute report; the impact on the Medicaid, individual and ESI markets; the role of special enrollment periods and the challenges looming for the fast-approaching open enrollment period for 2021; and communications opportunities for states to guide consumers through their enrollment options in Medicaid and Marketplace coverage.
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