Kim is the key advisor and senior subject matter expert on new and evolving compliance issues that affect employers as a result of the Affordable Care Act at Optavise (formerly DirectPath). Kim, who founded the DirectPath compliance communications team, works closely with sales, marketing and product development to explore the potential impact on customer segments, and develop new products and services to support current and anticipated needs. Kim has more than 40 years of communications experience, 35 of which focus on the delivery of compliance communications for health/welfare and qualified (savings/pensions) plans. She provides strategy, review and analysis, content development and management services for employer customers, and is a vocal advocate for health and health insurance literacy.
Despite the uncertainty, the majority of employers are not cutting benefits, employers plan to add or enhance existing benefits in response to employee concerns about their mental and financial health. We’re seeing employers make adjustments to their telemedicine programs to make those offerings permanent—often combining coverage for ‘routine’ virtual visits from primary care doctors with discounted visits with preferred providers.10 March 2021
Proposals to roll out a public health option and to lower the Medicare age are “dead in the water". But Biden has bigger fish to fry with the pandemic and the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA. For his more sweeping proposals, Biden may have to take a page from [President Donald] Trump’s book and issue executive orders to get things going.10 March 2021
It remains to be seen how well the arbitration system will work, but this is an important step in the right direction for protecting consumers, including those who did all the right things to ensure their care was in-network but received surprise and balance bills through no fault of their own.10 March 2021