Capsules: HHS Releases New Details About 2014 Marketplace Premiums, Subsidies; Enroll America Pushes Ahead To Second Enrollment Period; Insurer Begins Huge Palliative Care Program

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on HHS details regarding marketplace premiums and subsidies: "The report was one in a series of ongoing updates from HHS about enrollment in the online exchanges or marketplaces. Federal officials have said more than 8 million people signed up for coverage under the health law. The document analyzed trends in the 36 states where the federal government is running the online marketplace, or exchange. It did not include similar data for the 14 states and the District of Columbia that are running their own exchanges because the data is not available, according to the report. The document did not include data on how many people who enrolled in coverage have actually paid their premiums, which they must do before coverage begins. Some critics of the program have suggested that many people signing up for coverage have not paid for it and shouldn’t be considered part of the 8 million touted by the government" (Carey, 6/18).

In addition, Lisa Gillespie reports on Enroll America’s meeting: “Enroll America convened a national conference this week in Washington to review the strategies that proved successful during the inaugural Affordable Care Act open enrollment period and to gear up for the next one, which will start Nov. 15. Organizers also want to ensure that the navigators and organizations working toward enrollment maintain their energy — despite reports of backlogged Medicaid applications and continuing struggles in some state-run exchanges” (Gillespie, 6/18).

Also on Capsules, Marissa Evans reports on a new palliative care program: “Cambia Health Solutions, which includes Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, will offer training to providers and additional benefits for policyholders: more than 2.2 million members in Cambia’s family of health plan companies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. Palliative care improves the quality of life by managing pain and other problems for people who have serious life-threatening medical conditions, such as cancer, heart and kidney failure. It differs from hospice care, especially because patients do not necessarily have less than six months to live” (Evans, 6/17). Check out what else is on the blog.

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