Week ahead: Feds prep for critical ObamaCare sign-up drive

Week ahead: Feds prep for critical ObamaCare sign-up drive
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Three weeks remain until Election Day, and even fewer days until the start of this year's open enrollment for ObamaCare.

ObamaCare's fourth signup period, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 1, is seen as an increasingly important test for the fate of the marketplace


After mounting complaints from big insurers this year, health experts say the results could serve as a kind of judgment day for the healthcare law in its current form.

The Obama administration outlined some of its enrollment strategy to reporters on Thursday, prioritizing young people, who tend to have fewer costly health problems. Mailings will increase from 800,000 to more than 10 million, officials said. 

There could be trouble ahead though. Analysts at S&P released a report this week projecting that enrollment figures could flatline or even decline over the next year, describing it as a "significant slowdown." Still, the report said: "We don't view this as 'game over' for the marketplace."

Awaiting the 'moonshot' report 

Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Poll: Sanders holds 7-point lead in crucial California primary MORE on Monday will deliver a long-awaited report on his efforts to raise the profile of cancer research and treatment in the U.S.

The speech, which he'll deliver alongside second lady Dr. Jill Biden, will lay out his "vision" for future cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. He'll also announce recommendations for his so-called Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which will involve both the public and private sector. 

The event will take place at 3 p.m. at the White House. 

Day-long summit on ObamaCare  

The Chamber of Commerce is holding its fifth annual health reform summit on Tuesday, representing nearly every corner of the healthcare sector.

Tune in after noon for bold-faced names like Steve Ubl of PhRMA, Marilynn Tavenner of AHIP and Rick Pollack of the American Hospital Association.  

The morning portion, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will focus on the future of innovations with speakers expected from Novant Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Public health 3.0

Leading HHS officials will hold an event on Tuesday to announce recommendations for the "Public Health 3.0" initiative. 

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and HHS acting assistant secretary for health Karen DeSalvo will unveil a white paper that describes best practices for "local public health leaders, elected officials, community organizers, and innovators" to work toward public health goals. 

The event takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kaiser Family Foundation in D.C. 


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