CHA News Article

CHA Tools Aim to Help Hospitals During Open Enrollment
First of seven strategies focuses on eligibility, verification of uninsured

As reported in yesterday’s CHA News, CHA has launched a weekly series of strategies to help hospitals enroll patients in coverage through the Covered California marketplace and the Medi-Cal program. This week’s strategy provides a wide range of information and ideas on eligibility screening, verification and enrollment of the uninsured. It includes details on how other hospitals have addressed the key components of a successful process: transparency, consistency and effective tools.

Hospitals are leaders in helping Californians enroll — and stay enrolled — in health coverage. Because ongoing debate at the federal level about the Affordable Care Act has left many Californians uncertain about the future of health insurance marketplaces, this year’s open enrollment period is more crucial than ever.

Covered California today issued its first enrollment snapshot for the first two weeks of the current open enrollment period. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 14, more than 48,000 new consumers signed up for coverage through Covered California, which is slightly ahead of last year’s pace when more than 39,000 consumers selected a plan during the first two weeks of November 2016. 

Each week, CHA News will include a new strategy for hospitals to explore. The complete strategy series, as it is published, will also be available at CHA’s dedicated web page.