By The Numbers: the First Reporting Period of Open Enrollment

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today we released our most detailed report to date about the results of the first reporting period of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The numbers show that interest in the Health Insurance Marketplace remains strong and the promise of quality, affordable coverage is becoming a reality for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Marketplace Open Enrollment: 1st Reporting Period: October 1st Through November 2nd 106,185 Americans have enrolled in a plan through the Marketplace. 975,407 Americans have made it through the process and have not yet selected a plan. 502,466 Americans are positioned to have health coverage starting in 2014 through Medicaid/CHIP. 26,876,527 unique visitors to Marketplace websites. 3,158,436 calls to the federal & state call centers. “The promise of quality affordable coverage is increasingly becoming reality for this first wave of applicants to the Health Insurance Marketplaces. There is no doubt the level of interest is strong. We expect enrollment will grow substantially throughout the next five months, mirroring the pattern that Massachusetts experienced. We also expect that the numbers will grow as the website, HealthCare.gov, continues to make steady improvements.” – Secretary Kathleen Sebelius HealthCare.gov.

Between October 1 and November 2, 2013, 106,185 individuals selected plans from the Marketplace and another 975,407 applied and received an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected a plan. An additional 396,261 were determined eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  In total, 502,446 Americans will be positioned to have health coverage starting in 2014.

As we’ve seen in Massachusetts’s efforts to expand coverage, I expect the number of newly insured to grow substantially throughout the open enrollment period. Our efforts to improve HealthCare.gov will be critical to driving new enrollments and meeting consumer demand.

As a further indication of high consumer interest, web traffic and call center volume also continues to be very heavy. During the first reporting period, there have been over 26 million unique visitors to Marketplace websites and over 3.1 million calls to the call centers.

While we know there is still a lot of work to do to make sure every American that wants access to affordable coverage can have it, there are many encouraging takeaways from today’s report.

For the full text of the report, “Health Insurance Marketplace: November Enrollment Report,” please visit:  http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf

Nevada has a state supported exchange, meaning we don’t need to use the national website.  We can go to our own exchange website.  If you don’t have employer provided insurance and will need to enroll for insurance, VISIT THE NEVADA HEALTH LINK NOW TO APPLY today.

Health Coverage Options for Graduating Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2012
Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius remind graduating students
of new health coverage options under health care law

Secretaries reach out to college presidents, student associations;
outreach tools available at www.HealthCare.gov

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are reaching out to campus leaders to remind graduating high school, college and university seniors about their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act – the health care law.

Because of the new law, many young adults will be eligible to remain on their parent’s health plan until their 26th birthday. The Secretaries sent letters to college and university presidents as well as student associations encouraging them to spread that information to college students.

“The Affordable Care Act now gives students and their families peace of mind about their health insurance,” said Secretary Sebelius. “The President’s health law gives hard-working, middle-class families the security they deserve.”

In the past, many young adults were removed from their parent’s health plan when they graduated from college or high school. Previously, young adults were about twice as likely as older adults to lose private health coverage due to aging out of coverage. However, because of the health care law, 2.5 million more young adults have gained health coverage since September 2010.

“By partnering with school leaders, we hope more young Americans are aware of their options so they can access the care they need to stay healthy,” said Secretary Duncan. “Many graduates are focusing on paying back student loans in a tough economy – they don’t need to take on the cost of high medical bills, too.”

The letter outlined ways university officials and student leaders can reach out to graduating students including:

  • Universities or student groups can post a new “badge” on their websites that automatically links to information on how students can remain on a parents’ health insurance plan. Download the badge.
  • Brochures outlining the new benefits can be distributed to students and are available for download here.
  • Staff can talk to students about other insurance options— including improvements to student health plans starting this summer thanks to the health care law.
  • Information for young adults and parents about coverage for individuals under age 26 is available on a Facebook page. Exit disclaimer icon.

The letter can be found at
http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/letters/young-adults05212012a.html and http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/letters/young-adults05212012a.pdf

Obama Administration Presents National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012
Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

HHS Secretary Sebelius outlines research funding, tools for health care
providers, awareness campaign and new website

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law in January 2011. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.

In February 2012, the administration announced that it would take immediate action to implement parts of the plan, including making additional funding available in fiscal year 2012 to support research, provider education and public awareness. Today, the Secretary announced additional specific actions, including the funding of two major clinical trials, jumpstarted by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) infusion of additional FY 2012 funds directed at Alzheimer’s disease; the development of new high-quality, up-to-date training and information for our nation’s clinicians; and a new public education campaign and website to help families and caregivers find the services and support they need.

To help accelerate this urgent work, the President’s proposed FY 2013 budget provides a $100 million increase for efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease. These funds will support additional research ($80 million), improve public awareness of the disease ($4.2 million), support provider education programs ($4.0 million), invest in caregiver support ($10.5 million), and improve data collection ($1.3 million).

“These actions are the cornerstones of an historic effort to fight Alzheimer’s disease,” Secretary Sebelius said. “This is a national plan—not a federal one, because reducing the burden of Alzheimer’s will require the active engagement of both the public and private sectors.”

The plan, presented today at the Alzheimer’s Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention, was developed with input from experts in aging and Alzheimer’s disease issues and calls for a comprehensive, collaborative approach across federal, state, private and non-profit organizations. More than 3,600 people or organizations submitted comments on the draft plan.

As many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is likely to double in the coming years. At the same time, millions of American families struggle with the physical, emotional and financial costs of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

The initiatives announced today include:

  • Research – The funding of new research projects by the NIH will focus on key areas in which emerging technologies and new approaches in clinical testing now allow for a more comprehensive assessment of the disease. This research holds considerable promise for developing new and targeted approaches to prevention and treatment. Specifically, two major clinical trials are being funded. One is a $7.9 million effort to test an insulin nasal spray for treating Alzheimer’s disease. A second study, toward which NIH is contributing $16 million, is the first prevention trial in people at the highest risk for the disease.
  • Tools for Clinicians – The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $2 million in funding through its geriatric education centers to provide high-quality training for doctors, nurses, and other health care providers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and how to manage the disease.
  • Easier access to information to support caregivers–HHS’ new website, www.alzheimers.gov, offers resources and support to those facing Alzheimer’s disease and their friends and family. The site is a gateway to reliable, comprehensive information from federal, state, and private organizations on a range of topics. Visitors to the site will find plain language information and tools to identify local resources that can help with the challenges of daily living, emotional needs, and financial issues related to dementia. Video interviews with real family caregivers explain why information is key to successful caregiving, in their own words.
  • Awareness campaign – The first new television advertisement encouraging caregivers to seek information at the new website was debuted. This media campaign will be launched this summer, reaching family members and patients in need of information on Alzheimer’s disease.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Obama administration’s continued commitment to taking action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2013, the National Family Caregiver Support Program will continue to provide essential services to family caregivers, including those helping loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will enable family caregivers to receive essential respite services, providing them a short break from caregiving duties, along with other essential services, such as counseling, education and support groups.

For more information on the national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease, visit: www.alzheimers.gov.

HHS’ New Open Government Plan

HHS has released Version 2.0 of the Open Government Plan. The new plan incorporates feedback from the public and guides HHS efforts to be more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.

A number of new projects in the plan will improve the way the department works with the public to solve critical health issues.

Read HHS’ Open Government Plan.

Bookmark and Share