Author: Amanda Tekely/Friday, February 08, 2019/Categories: Outreach News
SHOP Marketplace Changes and Closures
There are some important Marketplace changes happening that enrollment assisters should be aware of:
Important: Prior to the portal closing, employers should download and save any information from their HealthCare.gov account that they want to retain for their records.
Consumers Need Help with Medicare? APPRISE Can Help
APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance. The toll-free APPRISE Helpline is 1-(800) 783-7067; all services are free and confidential. Click here for a location near you.
Employer-Based Coverage Up Recently but Declined Over the Long Term
Trends are showing an increase in the share of Americans with job-based health insurance in recent years, but the long-term trend remains a downward one. Growth in the economy and the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate may be behind the trend. A National Health Interview Survey showed the share of non-elderly population covered by workplace plans rose from 56.3 percent in 2013 to 58.4 percent in 2017. That was still nearly nine percentage points lower than the 67.3 percent covered by employer-sponsored plans in 1999. The share has declined markedly over the last two decades, with the greatest percentage reductions among people with incomes under 400 percent of poverty ($85,320 for a family of three in 2019). For more, see this Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.
Need A Refresher on COMPASS?
COMPASS is the PA Department of Human Services web portal single point of entry for consumers to enroll in Medical Assistance, CHIP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), cash assistance, long term services, low-income home energy assistance programs, free or reduced-price school meals or Child Care Works. COMPASS has a web-based tutorial available for viewing to walk consumers through applying for benefits. For more information on each program go to www.compass.state.pa.us and click on Helpful Links.
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