Jenna Carlesso, The Connecticut Mirror, October 29
With open enrollment for 2020 health plans set to begin November 1, employees at Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, are exploring new ways to reach people who don’t have coverage. To reach residents, officials at the exchange analyzed census tracts and focused on areas with high rates of uninsured people. They began in Hartford, targeting some of the city’s most impoverished North End, South End and central neighborhoods. As one of the newest outreach methods, Access Health hired workers to “canvass” homes in those areas – knocking on doors to chat with people about the range of health plans, subsidies and other available services.
Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, October 29
As open enrollment gets underway for next year’s job-based health insurance coverage, some employees are seeing traditional plans offered alongside or instead of the plans with sky-high deductibles that may have been their only choice in the past. Some employers say that, in a tight labor market, offering a more generous plan with a deductible that’s less than four figures can be an attractive recruitment tool. Plus, a more traditional plan may appeal to workers who want more predictable out-of-pocket costs, even if the premium is a bit higher.