The administration had been considering relaunching HealthCare.gov to allow Americans to enroll in exchange coverage via a special enrollment period due to the country's coronavirus epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
- District of Columbia: The Trump administration will not reopen HealthCare.gov for a special enrollment period that would allow uninsured Americans to enroll in exchange coverage amid the country's coronavirus epidemic, Politico's Susannah Luthi writes. Administration officials previously had said they were considering reopening HealthCare.gov for a special enrollment period, but a White House official on Tuesday told Politico that the administration is now "exploring other options," Luthi reports (Luthi, Politico, 3/31).
- Illinois: Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Monday said the federal government sent the state the wrong type of medical masks in a recent shipment. Pritzker said the White House had promised to send Illinois 300,000 N95 masks, but the state received surgical masks, which are not as effective at protecting health care providers from contracting the new coronavirus. Pritzker said the federal government needs "to step up and amplify the size of their (personal protective equipment) deliveries to Illinois and, frankly, across the nation" (Boyette/Kelly, CNN, 3/31).
- Pennsylvania: Geisinger Health and AtlantiCare on Tuesday agreed that Geisinger will no longer serve as AtlantiCare's parent company. The deal comes after Geisinger in January filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent AtlantiCare from leaving the system. As part of the new agreement, Geisinger withdrew the lawsuit and AtlantiCare will remain part of the Geisinger system until the agreement is finalized, which could take between six to 18 months (Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 3/31).