Nearly 90,000 Michiganders have enrolled in a Health Insurance Marketplace plan since Open Enrollment began on November 1, according to the Weekly Enrollment Snapshot released today by CMS.
A total of 87,717 individuals in Michigan selected plans on HealthCare.gov in the past 4 weeks, an increase of nearly 17,000 enrollments from the previous week’s report. Nationally, 2,781,260 pe
ople selected Marketplace plans.
The final number of plan selections associated with enrollment activity during a reporting period may change due to plan modifications or cancellations. In addition, the weekly snapshot only reports new plan selections and active plan renewals and does not report the number of consumers who have paid premiums to effectuate their enrollment.
Open Enrollment ends on December 15, 2017. Consumers who already are enrolled in a Marketplace plan will automatically re-enroll in their current plans if they do not visit HealthCare.gov and select a new plan prior to December 15. Consumers who are new to the Marketplace also need to adhere to the December 15 deadline. Enroll Michigan’s network of Navigators are available to provide in-person enrollment assistance.
Marketplace Webinar Invitation
Friday, September 22 from 2:00 PM ET to 3:30 PM ET
Please join us for Marketplace updates and two webinar presentations on Friday, September 22 at 2:00 PM ET.
Our first presentation will provide an overview of COBRA and how it interacts with Marketplace coverage. COBRA provides consumers that lose their job-based health insurance coverage with the option to continue their group health coverage provided by their former employer’s group health plan, for limited periods of time under certain circumstances. The presentation will explain how to aid consumers in evaluating their health insurance options, including coverage through COBRA continuation. Please refer to this job aid during the presentation.
Our second presentation will be an in-depth walkthrough of the plan comparison tool on HealthCare.gov, as well as the plan selection portion of the Marketplace application process. Please refer to this job aid during the presentation.
- Understanding COBRA
- Plan Compare Walk Through
Who Should Attend:
Navigators, enrollment assistance personnel, and certified application counselors (CACs).
Friday, September 22 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET
To facilitate a quicker registration process on the day of the event, please register for the session by visiting the following link: https://goto.webcasts.com/
Space is limited – we strongly encourage individuals from the same organization to gather in a common room and participate as a group using a single computer.
Connect with HealthCare.gov for the latest information on Open Enrollment. Click here to learn more.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Thursday new policies related to the Navigator program and enrollment education for the upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period.
For the upcoming enrollment period, Navigator grantees will receive funding based on their ability to meet their enrollment goals during the previous year. For example, a grantee that achieved 100 percent or more of its enrollment goal for plan year 2017 will receive the same level of funding as last year. CMS said, “these performance-based adjustments will ensure accountability within the Navigator program and avoid rewarding grantees that have failed to meet their performance measures.”
The ACA established the Navigator program to help facilitate consumer education and enrollment. Funding for the Navigator program and open enrollment promotional activities comes from user fees paid by issuers who are participating in the FFE.
CMS plans to spend $10 million on promotional activities in order to meet the needs of new or returning ACA enrollees – consistent with promotional spending on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D. CMS will target its advertising and outreach activities to educate consumers on the new dates of the Open Enrollment Period through digital media, email, and text messages. These outreach methodologies have proven the most effective in reaching existing and new enrollees.
Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov will run from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017, for plans with a start date after January 1, 2018.
Enroll Michigan will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.
CMS recently released a bulletin detailing information about Health Insurance Marketplace training for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC) assisting with the 2018 plan year coverage options.
The training includes a refresher course plus the following required courses: “Privacy, Security, and Fraud Prevention Standards,” “Coverage to Care Assistance,” and “Assister Standard Operating Procedures.” The training also includes virtual simulations that illustrate the Marketplace application and enrollment process on HealthCare.gov. All of the training can be completed online through the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS).
CMS estimates that the training for a Navigator will take about 20 hours and the training for a CAC will take 5 to 10 hours to complete. You can read the entire bulletin here.
Enroll Michigan will issue further guidance soon for our network of Navigators.
Have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace? Check out their blog post at http://bit.ly/2u3GNp9.
FYI: HealthCare.gov open enrollment begins earlier for 2018.