Between Halloween and Thanksgiving each year, nationwide we engage in another seasonal ritual: open enrollment for health care coverage. Whether through an employer, Medicare, or individual coverage in the health care exchanges, ‘tis the season for making important choices about coverage. For vulnerable populations, including those with mental health conditions, physical or developmental disabilities, affordable access to recommended care often hinges on making informed choices during open enrollment.
Evolving plan benefits and a significant potential for change in the next administration make it more important than ever for Americans to have a solid handle on their health care needs in order to ensure proper coverage and access to necessary health care for themselves and their families. More than half of the population lives with at least one chronic condition, 86 cents of every health care dollar spent is on chronic disease, and there is an increasingly clear need to support all Americans – patients and caregivers alike – as they navigate health care plans in an effort to prevent and better manage costly chronic conditions and achieve and maintain improved overall health and wellness.
According to a recent survey from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, satisfaction with and expectations of health insurance are considerably low, this is particularly so for people living with mental health conditions and other chronic diseases. Taking this a step further, a recent report from Easterseals explored the practical implementation of the Affordable Care Act and gathered information about the experiences of those purchasing insurance through the marketplace with a focus on a few essential health benefits, prescription benefits, mental and behavioral health services, and rehabilitative and habilitative services. This briefing will take a closer look at how health coverage issues impact America’s most vulnerable.
Please join us for this panel briefing examining the challenges facing the America’s most vulnerable populations will help to inform policy changes moving forward. Panel experts will explore access and affordability issues these patients face, transparency and understanding of information on coverage, and what opportunities exist to both ensure access to quality coverage and to the information needed to enable people to evaluate their coverage options.
- Ken Thorpe, PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
- Mary Andrus, Government Relations, Easterseals
- Andrew Sperling, Director of Legislative Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*Lunch will be served in compliance with the Widely Attended Event exception to the Congressional Gift Ban.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318
Washington, D.C. 20515