Webinar: Impacts of Sustained Unemployment for Health Plans

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive unemployment in the U.S.; as a result, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 50 million American workers and their dependents will lose health insurance. With no federal exchange special enrollment period, state budgets strained from the economic crisis, and many people having difficulty obtaining their unemployment benefits, the implications of sustained unemployment on health plans has yet to be fully realized. In many cases, we still do not know where unemployed/uninsured people are going; it could be Medicaid, Medicare, or individual markets.

Certain aspects of health care that were gaining traction have accelerated during the pandemic, including telehealth, behavioral health services, investments in community health, price transparency, and data sharing. The pandemic has demonstrated how the private and public sectors can mobilize quickly and work together to spur innovation, close gaps in care, and drive better health outcomes.

However, it is clear there’s still work to be done. Unemployment rates among Blacks and Hispanics are generally much greater than national averages and among Whites, and COVID-19 infection rates are also much higher. As millions have lost their jobs, jeopardizing their employer-provided health insurance, COVID-19 has highlighted the need for improved access to care and prevention. Health plans must look at the social determinants of health and the disparities among their membership population and create benefit designs to make healthcare more accessible.

Health plans are analyzing these trends will continue to pay close attention as they embark on their open enrollment period in the fall.

This webinar will explore how payers are bracing for the impacts of sustained unemployment, addressing shifting consumer needs, and key changes that have impacted their strategy and planning for next year. Our subject-matter experts will discuss the current landscape, data trends, and projections on what will happen with unemployment and provide insight into its ripple effect on the health care industry and health plans.

Attendees will learn:

  • How unemployment has impacted health plans so far, and what trends have been uncovered related to patient needs, community health, and partnerships
  • Where the opportunities are for health plans
  • What these changes mean for 2021 planning and strategy


Rosemarie Day Rosemarie Day
Founder and CEO
Day Health StrategiesRosemarie Day is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, a successful mission-driven, woman-owned consulting firm celebrating its 10th anniversary. As the founding Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Health Connector in 2006, she helped lead the launch of health reform in Massachusetts, which became the model for the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, among other state leadership positions. Ms. Day is the author of the book, “Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare.” (Beacon Press, 2020)

Kim Ingram Kim Ingram, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
HealthEdgeAs HealthEdge’s Chief Nursing Officer, Kim is responsible for providing clinical expertise and care coordination leadership to the organization. She has spent more than 28 years building execution-focused pathways for success through technology-driven innovation in the healthcare delivery system. Kim is distinguished for her ability to achieve transformational change working with key executives and stakeholders in complex organizations.

Prior to joining HealthEdge, Kim served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Solutions at Click4Care. Kim is a graduate of Lewis Clark State College, and a Registered Nurse.

DIane Pascot Diane Pascot
Director of Sales Solutions
HealthEdgeAs Director of Sales Solutions for HealthEdge, Diane engages with prospective payer clients to understand their current state, ascertain near-and long-term goals and objectives, and formulate proposed solutions that will ultimately help businesses facilitate seamless transitions to new client implementations. As a senior healthcare technology professional with deep expertise and extensive experience collaborating with health plans and benefit administrators on their technology strategies, Diane focuses on core administration system replacements within the context of overall IT ecosystems.
Steve Shivinsky Stephen Shivinsky, Moderator
Strategic Corporate CommunicationsStephen Shivinsky is a corporate communications consultant with more than 30 years of experience working with top leadership at health systems and health plans to protect reputations and achieve business goals.  He specializes in managing high-profile issues and crisis communications, serving as a thought partner to effectively address an organization’s communications challenges.

Most recently, he was Vice President of Corporate Communications at United Healthcare, directing communications strategies for the company’s Networks and Clinical Services divisions.  He was the Vice President, Corporate Communications at Blue Shield of California for eight years and, prior to that, served in top communications positions for national and regional health systems including Trinity Health and OhioHealth.

Prior to joining HealthEdge in 2017, Diane spent many years in the healthcare payer technology space with organizations that included Evolent Health (Aldera), Mphasis Eldorado, and Cognizant/TriZetto.