May 12, 2014 • 22M

Enrollment Results Under the Affordable Care Act: A Conversation with Brian Webb (May 15th)

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 The ACA's open enrollment period ended this past March 31st. Over eight million Americans signed up for health care insurance.  Of these 2.2 million, or 28 percent, were young adults or between the ages of 18 and 34.  In 26 states and the District of Columbia approximately 15 million adults with income below 138 percent of the poverty level became eligible for Medicaid coverage.  (19 states are not participating in the ACA's Medicaid expansion program and five states remain undecided).  

During this 21 minute discussion Brian explains the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's (NAIC) work, what we know about the 8 million individuals that signed up for health care insurance under the ACA marketplaces, the most popular plan, what "effectuated enrollment" means, how many individuals already had insurance and prospects for 2015 enrollment.

Brian Webb is the Manager of Health Policy and Legislation for NAIC. The NAIC represents the insurance regulators in all 50 states, DC and the five U.S. territories.  Previously, Brian worked on Medicare and Medicaid policy for the BlueCross BlueShield Association and prior still was the Assistant VP for Legislation for the then-Federation of American Health Systems (FAHS).  Brian began working in DC in 1988 as a legislative aide for Congressman Bill Thomas.  After six years with Mr. Thomas, Brian worked for five years in California Governor Pete Wilson’s Washington office as health and welfare aide and Deputy Director.  Brian was graduated with a MPA from The George Washington University and his Bachelor's degree is from Biola University in California.