Daily Message

Oct. 21, 2016: AHA to Hold Webcast with HHS Secretary on Open Enrollment

The American Hospital Association is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a special webcast for providers on the upcoming open enrollment period.

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host the webcast Oct. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m., with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and AHA Chairman-elect Gene Woods, president and CEO of Carolinas Healthcare System.

Hospital leaders are encouraged to join this important conversation about the upcoming open enrollment period for 2017 health coverage and the role hospitals and health systems continue to play in getting their communities covered.

Burwell said today that HHS expects 13.8 million individuals will sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces during the upcoming open enrollment. This anticipated growth is expected to result from renewals, new signups from those that remain uninsured and also from the approximately 5.1 million people eligible for the Marketplace who currently purchase off-Marketplace coverage. Of those still purchasing insurance off the marketplace, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation estimates that 2.5 million people could be eligible for financial assistance if they sign up for Marketplace coverage during this open enrollment.

The webcast also will include Jordan Voigt, president of Genesis Medical Center, and Keith Parrott, president and CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health, sharing examples of their organizations’ enrollment efforts and best practices. The AHA also will debut a new video hospitals can use in their outreach to young adults without health coverage.

While registration is not required, members are strongly encouraged to join the discussion at www.hhs.gov/live early to ensure participation.