Monthly Archives: October 2014

REMINDER: 2015 Open Enrollment Period Begins November 15, 2014

The open enrollment period for the 2015 plan year will begin on November 15, 2014 and continue through February 15, 2015. As a reminder, while open enrollment offers the opportunity for all qualified individuals to apply for coverage, consumers may be able to enroll in health coverage outside of open enrollment if: 1) they qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP); 2) they are enrolling through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP);

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Updated Healthcare.gov Content Lists 2015 Maximum Out of Pocket Costs

Earlier this month, Healthcare.gov was updated with new content that lists the 2015 maximum out of pocket costs for all Marketplace plans. The maximum out-of-pocket costs for any Marketplace plan for 2015 are $6,600 for an individual plan and $13,200 for a family plan. When the total amount a consumer pays in deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance reaches these limits, the insurance company pays 100% of the consumer’s costs for covered care.

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UNMC will hold Nursing Showcase this weekend at Center for Nursing Science on Nov. 2 from 2-4pm

The University of Nebraska Medical Center will hold its Nursing Showcase on Sunday at its Center for Nursing Science, 4101 Dewey Ave. The showcase, for those interested in becoming nurses, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will learn about the profession, financial aid, how to be a competitive applicant and what it is like to be a nursing student. They also will have the chance to use a simulation lab. Parking is available in the parking garage

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Integrating 340B Drug Pricing Program Assessment with Health Center Program Site Visits

In an effort to coordinate across HRSA programs, effectively utilize HRSA resources, and reduce burden on health centers, all Operational Site Visits (OSVs) conducted on or after October 1, 2014 for health centers that also participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, will now include a brief assessment of compliance with 340B program requirements. OSV consultants will assess 340B compliance using a set of standard questions. The responses to these

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NEW DEEP DIVE/PARTNER & CMS RESOURCES: Tips on Working with the Press

Many of the CMS external partners have developed tools, tips, materials, or training sessions that assisters can use. CMS shares those resources through this weekly newsletter and by posting on Marketplace.cms.gov. If you would like to recommend helpful resources, please email CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov. CMS will be limited to sharing resources that are (1) applicable to assisters facilitating enrollment in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (including

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NEW RESOURCE FOR RENEWAL PROCESS: 5 Steps to Staying Covered

To help consumers better understand the renewal and re-enrollment process, last week CMS released the 5 Steps to Staying Covered to make it as simple as possible for consumers to choose the plan that best fits their needs and budget. The consumer-tested 5-step process includes: 1. Review: Plans change, people change. Consumers should review their coverage and look for a letter from their plan about how their benefits and costs may change next year.

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Marketplace Begins Sending Consumer Notices about the Renewal and Reenrollment Process

Assisters should encourage consumers that are currently enrolled in QHPs to come back to the Marketplace at the start of Open Enrollment on November 15, update their 2015 application, and compare their options to make sure they enroll in the plan that best meets their budget and health needs for next year. And, of course, assisters should encourage uninsured consumers to come to the Marketplace so they can enroll in coverage for which they are eligible,

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CMS Outreach Materials of the Week: Women and the ACA

Last week, HHS released a new HHS Blog, Empowering Women Through Affordable Health Coverage, about women and the Affordable Care Act, citing real stories from women across America who are taking control of their health and becoming empowered to pursue their passions because of the law. • “Being covered means everything to me.” – Yvonne Jones • “I’ve launched my small business and can focus on expanding it because I now can afford health

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NEW REPORT: Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows by 8.7 Million Additional Americans

On Friday, HHS released the latest Medicaid enrollment report, which shows approximately 8.7 million additional Americans now have coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, many for the very first time. Medicaid enrollment grew to more than 67.9 million in August 2014, which shows nearly a 15 percent increase over the average monthly enrollment for July through September 2013. For more information please check out: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2014/10/medicaid-chip-enrollment-august.html.

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Health Promotion Workshops Available in Spanish

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Eat Healthy – Be Active workshops are now available in Spanish. Each workshop promotes evidence-based health information and learning materials for Spanish speaking consumers to make informed decisions related to nutrition and physical activity and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Materials are designed for people with limited health literacy. Order “Eat Healthy—Be Active” workshop

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