Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medicaid signups surge in many states + more

 1) Even As Exchange Enrollment Numbers Appear Sluggish, Medicaid Expansion Sign-Ups Surge In Many States Especially West Virginia.

2) Families USA posted:
Evaluating the Consumer Window-Shopping Experience in Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: A Comparative Analysis - See http://www.familiesusa.org/marketplace-window-shopping/?src=twitter#table
This is a good article. However, it does not include SteveMorse.org since no state uses it.  Morse's site is the most comprehensive and useful to consumers. 
Here is what I had to say about it

Morse's site is the lead article in CQ HealthBeat.  It is a  great comparison shopping site. For ACA healthplans. It was praised by Zeke Emanuel, an architect of the ACA. 
His site is the most comprehensive consumer comparison shopping site. He is not compensated for this site. It provides in one table a comparison of all plans as to premiums, deductibles, copays, subsidies, consumer report quality ratings, and links to provider networks. 
Larry Leavitt from KFF had concerns about some of the data. Turned out KFF was in error, not Morse. 

3) North Carolina Obamacare Enrollment One of Nation’s Highest

In MD: Consumers trading up for better, cheaper health insurance (Balt Sun) 

4)  WSJ: Exchanges See Little Progress on Uninsured

5) USA Today: Co-ops the underdog in health insurance marketplace

Some are doing well.

6) KHN: Cost Of Care, Diabetes Are Top Latino Health Concerns 

7) Pace of enrollment in ACA greater than Medicare Drug plans (PartD)

8) Enroll America Email 

Includes a webinar tomorrow on Key Spanish Language messages

Some useful toolkits from this group are at


Our state-by-state chart: Marketplace enrollment as a share of the marketplace eligible population

 States vary from 2% to 15%.  Maryland at 4%.

study found that 1/2 of young adults can pay less than $50/mo. Find your estimate: .

The Miami Herald's Daniel Chang, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "As health insurance companies shift more financial responsibility onto consumers through higher deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance rates, hospital executives are feeling pressure to reveal their most closely-held secret: prices. Last week, Miami Children’s Hospital became one of the first in South Florida to give consumers more information — but not exactly the prices — they need to estimate their out-of-pocket costs, an increasingly important factor when deciding where to seek medical care" (Chang, 1/19). Read the story.


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