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Data Note: Changes in 2017 Federal Navigator Funding

This data note analyzes federal funding changes for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace navigators in 2017 and discusses the implications for both the navigators and consumers. It presents results of a Kaiser Family Foundation online survey of federal marketplace (FFM) navigator programs and includes insights from a roundtable meeting of more than 40 navigators co-hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Understanding Health Insurance

These resources are for anyone shopping (or helping someone shop) for health coverage within the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare).

In healthcare.gov states, the open enrollment period begins on Friday, November 1, 2019 and ends on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. State-run marketplaces in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Rhode Island will hold longer open enrollment periods. Again this year, people in FEMA-declared disaster areas, including counties in North Carolina and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Dorian, can ask for more time to enroll.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Web Briefing: Key Issues Ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s Fourth Open Enrollment Period

On Tuesday, October 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will examine key issues affecting this year’s annual Affordable Care Act enrollment period and answer audience questions during a web briefing.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Findings from the Field: Enrollment and Consumer Assistance in Four States in Year Three of the ACA

Based on case studies and focus groups, this brief reviews experiences with Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment, renewal, and consumer assistance in Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington as of Spring 2016. These states implemented the Medicaid expansion and established a state-based Marketplace (SBM) in 2014. This brief builds on previous reports that examined states’ preparation for implementation prior to the initial ACA open enrollment period and their experiences after completion of the first and second open enrollment periods.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey: Assisters Help Estimated 5.3 Million During 2016 ACA Open Enrollment, Down 10 Percent from Prior Year

During the third Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, assistance programs helped an estimated 5.3 million people — a number that was 10 percent lower than the prior year and that included a higher share of people renewing coverage, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of assister programs and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

2016 Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers

In its third year, the survey tracks the experiences of assistance programs signing people up for Affordable Care Act coverage during open enrollment and, for consumers who qualify, during special enrollment periods. This year, for the second time, the survey includes health insurance brokers who helped people apply for non-group coverage in an ACA marketplace.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Survey Examines Assistance Provided to Consumers During Second Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of insurance brokers and assistance programs examines the help they provided to consumers during the 2015 open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage. The 2015 Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers provides estimates of the number of people helped and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

2015 Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs and Brokers

This nationwide survey analysis of Marketplace consumer assistance programs and brokers examines the nature of Marketplace assistance during the second open enrollment period for 2015 coverage, and offers unique insights into how Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation is progressing, what is changing, and what challenges remain. Building upon our Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs (2014), the analysis compares Assister Program capacity and experiences from the first open enrollment period to the next, and also includes the enrollment experience of brokers for the first time.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Issue Brief Examines the Experiences of Five States During Year Two of Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansions

A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation draws upon 40 in-person interviews conducted with a variety of stakeholders to assess the recent experiences of five states during the second year of coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The interviews took place in three states — Colorado,…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Year Two of the ACA Coverage Expansions: On-the-Ground Experiences from Five States

This brief provides an on-the-ground view of ACA implementation after completion of the second open enrollment period. It is based on 40 in-person interviews conducted in five states that have made different implementation choices, including three states (Colorado, Kentucky, and Washington) that have developed a State-based Marketplace and adopted the Medicaid expansion and two states (Utah and Virginia) that rely on the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) for enrollment of individuals into qualified health plans (QHPs) and that have not adopted the Medicaid expansion to date. The interviews were conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Perry Undem Research/Communication with a range of stakeholders in each state, including Medicaid and Marketplace officials, consumer advocates, assisters, and hospital and community health center representatives, during April and May 2015. The report presents key findings related to enrollment systems; enrollment and renewal; outreach, marketing, and enrollment assistance; and access to and utilization of care. It concludes with key priorities identified by stakeholders looking ahead.

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