National Briefing: Paving a Health Coverage Enrollment Superhighway: Bridging State Gaps Between 2014 and Today

Presented through support from the California HealthCare Foundation


9:00-11:00 am, February 3, 2011

Reserve Officers Association, Washington DC


The Affordable Care Act presents states with a transformative vision for eligibility and enrollment systems for public and publicly subsidized health coverage after 2014. New state systems will provide a consumer-centric, “best in class” service experience that allows one-stop shopping, minimal documentation burdens, promotes information-sharing through the use of state-of-the-art systems and assists consumers to navigate the process. This new vision contrasts sharply from today’s welfare-era, paper-based processes with complex eligibility rules, outdated legacy system technologies, and little help for most applicants. What are the key challenges for states to bridge the gap between today and 2014 and what resources and models should states consider as they plan for change?


The national briefing will discuss these issues, with particular focus on:

  • Challenges and opportunities related to systems and technology upgrades;
  • Political and financial landscape changes;
  • Consumers’ unique perspectives; and
  • Reorganizing work at the local and county level to fit with the new more centralized model under ACA.

Moderator: Alan Weil, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy


  • Sam Karp, Vice President of Programs, California HealthCare Foundation; Co-Chair, HHS Office of the National Coordinator HIT Enrollment Workgroup
  • Joel Ario, Director, Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
  • Alice Weiss, Co-Director, Maximizing Enrollment; Program Director, NASHP
  • Beth Osthimer, Director of Medicaid and Health Reform, Division of Coverage and Enrollment, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Health Department
  • Mike Fogarty, Chief Executive Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority


Full Event Video:



Individual Speaker Videos and Presentations:


Sam Karp


Joel Ario




Alice Weiss


Video File: 85mb

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