ADVISORY: Maintaining Health Coverage During Life Transitions
Contact: Katie Peters
Washington, D.C. — On Thursday the Center for American Progress will host a conversation to examine ways in which the new health insurance exchanges can provide seamless coverage for those who lose employer-sponsored insurance do to life transitions.
Nearly half of all Americans can be expected to go without coverage at least once over a 10-year period. Even small bouts of uninsurance can have negative outcomes on individuals’ health and financial stability. Key triggers of loss of coverage include: unemployment, reduction in work hours, changing jobs, moving, and divorce. COBRA benefits are currently the main option for people who lose job-based coverage, but take-up rates are low due to high costs at a time of reduced income.
At this event, a panel of experts will present data from a new policy brief and provide recommendations for the federal government and the states on Affordable Care Act implementation to maximize coverage during life transitions.
Topher Spiro, Managing Director for Health Policy, Center for American Progress
Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Beth Capell, Health Access California
Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Helen Morrison, Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Ann O’Leary, UC Berkeley School of Law
October 27, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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