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.
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Map & Directions
Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square Red Line to Metro Center
Click here to confirm your attendance.
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or email@example.com
Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or email@example.com
Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues, TalkPoverty.org, faith)
202.478.5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Beatriz Lopez (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.741.6255 or email@example.com
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Rafael Medina
202.478.5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or email@example.com
Radio: Sally Tucker
202.481.8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org