Maybe not, becauseCTranked 5th overall and 1st in Healthy Lives in the Commonwealth Fund’s 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. CT ranked 27th in Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost, and we fell in 6 indicators. CT's performance dropped the most in Hospital 30-day readmission rate ages 18-64; Drug poisoning deaths; and Preventable hospitalizations ages 18-64.
Covered California issued a report on itsEfforts to Lower Costs While Ensuring Consumers Get the Right Care at the Right Time. Covered CA uses contracted requirements of its QHP issuers to: 1) Identify the race or ethnicity of all enrollees through self-identification or imputed methodologies; 2) Collect data on disease control and management measures for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and depression; 3) Conduct population health improvement activities and interventions to narrow observed disparities in care; and 4) Promote community health initiatives that foster better health, healthier environments, and healthy behaviors.
Rhode Island’s new reinsurance pool, approved through the §1332 Innovation Waiver process,is expected to lower premiums by 5.9% and increase the individual market by 1% in 2020. Of the 13 waivers approved so far, 12 of them focus on reinsurance programs like Rhode Island's. And thehead of HealthSource RI is moving to a similar position in Pennsylvania, with the recently established Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority.
State Health and Value Strategies is trackingstate activity on 1332 waivers and has resources, including a template, for states interested in pursuing a Section 1332 waiver.
On Sept 3 at 1pm, the RWJF’s State Health and Value Strategies program will hosta webinar on the public charge final rule. The public charge rule will change how US Department of Homeland Security determines whether immigrants—when seeking admission to the U.S., an extension of their stay, or status change to become a legal permanent resident—are “likely at any time to become a public charge” (i.e., dependent on the government for financial support). The newpublic charge rule takes effect October 15.
On Sept 10 at 10 am the US Census Bureau will discuss its report onUS Health Insurance Coverage for 2018 at an online news conferenceThe health insurance report will include state-level coverage for 2017 and 2018. Two other reports on Income and Poverty for 2018 will also be discussed.
Doctors Don't Always Know What Patients Will Owe for Meds. Under a new Medicare rule, companies with prescription drug plans for older adults must offer real-time pricing information for meds by 2021. “Surveys show Americans are interested in health care savings but are also very intimidated by terms of insurance coverage. They don't really understand things like copays, coinsurance, deductibles…”
The Office of Health Strategy is moving forward with its Health Enhancement Communities pilot – a webinar for RFPs will be held on Wed at 1pm. OHS is pitching this concept to funders. This 90-day pilot project will encompass 10 specific communities.
Rhode Island presented on a good cross-agency SDOH initiative atNASHP.
The CT Department of Insurance has a hearing scheduled for Sept 4on rate proposals for Anthem and Connecticare plansoffered through Access Health.
Some states are starting to see rates go down. California’s individual market will see a preliminary rate change of 0.8 percent in 2020, which is the lowest change since Covered California’s launch, due to new state affordability initiatives designed to lower costs and encourage enrollment. Colorado is expecting significant rate decreases (18-30%) due to its new reinsurance program.
CMS issued aState Health Official letter that provided guidance on several legislative changes to the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-based methodologies used for determining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility.
CMS is rolling outNationwide Marketplace Quality Ratings - CMS announced that the Marketplaces in all states will, for the first time, display quality rating data for most qualified health plans (QHPs).
UConn Health Disparities Institute is working on their Health Insurance Literacy Academy video series, which the CT Health Foundation isfunding in part.
CT offers limited protections if ACA is tossed – Good CT Mirror article explains that a majority of Connecticut residents are covered by health insurance policies that won't be affected by state safeguards if the ACA is abolished.
Health Insurance Market and Policy Briefing – Harvard Pilgrim video with guest speaker policy expert from Nov 2018. This is a long but very good (and still timely) overview of the industry, ACA, employer sponsored insurance, brokers, Medicare for all, and political climate as it pertains to health insurance.