Monthly Archives: December 2014

CMS Guidance on How Grace Periods Will Interact with the FFM Renewal and Reenrollment Process

A grace period is a short period of time a consumer may be given to pay his or her health insurance plan premium after the due date has passed. Consumers receiving advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) who have paid at least their first month’s premium in full are entitled to a grace period of three consecutive months that begins the month that they first miss a premium payment. CMS recently released guidance, REVISED Bulletin 10: Guidance

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Open Enrollment Update – Week 3

Open Enrollment Week 3: November 29 – December 5, 2014 More than 1.3 million consumers have selected plans since the beginning of Open Enrollment.  As we approached the December 15 deadline for coverage that starts January 1, 2015, interest increased – last week’s plan selections were 33 percent higher than the first week, and double the number of plan selections during the week of Thanksgiving. Each month, HHS will produce a report that provides

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NACHC Collecting Health Center Stories to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Health Centers Program

Starting early next year, Community Health Centers will celebrate 50 years as a vital movement in expanding access to care to millions of people nationwide. NACHC will host anchor events and a communications campaign with the goal of celebrating the people and achievements of the Health Center Movement and bringing attention to the value of Health Centers to the American healthcare system, particularly as the threat of the funding cliff draws nearer.

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Open Enrollment 2.0 – Building Upon Success

[caption id="attachment_2884" align="alignleft" width="300"] HCAN O & E Team: Angela Lindstrom, Marcus Chaffee, and Keshia Bradford.[/caption] By Angela Lindstrom, Social Marketing Director Marcus Chaffee, Director of Access Services Keshia Bradford, Director of Outreach & Enrollment   During the first Open Enrollment of the Health Insurance Marketplace, 42,975 Nebraskans were able to obtain affordable, quality health coverage. Our Nebraska

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Families USA Open Enrollment Hub

Families USA Open Enrollment Hub Families USA has launched an online resource for Open Enrollment that showcases their outreach and enrollment resources for assisters. On this page you’ll find featured My Coverage videos, announcements for teleconferences with Marketplace experts, resources for enrollment assisters, consumer-friendly infographics, and more. You can access the Families USA Open Enrollment hub here: http://familiesusa.org/initiatives/open-enrollment-2015

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Targeted Outreach Strategy for Immigrant Applicants Under 100% FPL Who are Eligible for Tax Credits and not Eligible for Medicaid

Most applicants who have an annual income under 100% of the FPL are not eligible for advance premium tax credits (APTC) or cost sharing reductions (CSR); with one exception. As long as all other eligibility criteria are met, a lawfully present individual whose income is under 100% of the FPL and who is not eligible for Medicaid based on immigration status is eligible for APTC and CSRs. Over the last year, CMS has made improvements to Healthcare.gov

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Preparing for Tax Season: What HRSA Grantees Need to Know About Premium Tax Credits and the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment webinar on Dec. 16 at 12:30pm CT (11:30am MT)

When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm EST Sign up: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa141216.html Next week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on the tax implications of the Affordable Care Act.  The IRS will provide information on premium tax credits, the reconciliation process for advanced premium tax credits (APTCs), Individual Shared Responsibility

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Guest Blog – “500 by the 15th” Campaign to Encourage Nebraskans to Get Health Coverage

By Guest Blogger Jeff Sheldon, Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed   Statewide health care organizations available to provide free assistance Today, community and health care organizations across Nebraska announced the kickoff of a new effort to ensure Nebraskans get vital health insurance in December. The “500 By The 15th” campaign seeks to help Nebraskans who need health coverage, but may feel they cannot afford insurance, to explore

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Basic Disaster Life Support Webinar Series – Jan. 8 – Feb. 26, 2015 on Thursdays 11am-12pm CT (10am-11am MT)

The Center for Preparedness Education offers a Basic Disaster Life Support Webinar Series: OBJECTIVES: The BDLS® course is a review of all-hazards topics including natural and accidental man made events; traumatic and explosive events; nuclear and radiological events; biological events; and chemical events (CBRNE) as well as mass casualty triage.  Additionally, critical areas such as the health care professional's role in the public health and

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NEW RESOURCES: Obtaining Consumer Authorization and Handling Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Guidance/ UPDATED Marketplace Assister Earned Media and Promotion Toolkit / SAMHSA Materials and Webinars on the ACA and Mental Health / SHOP Presentation Slides / Open Enrollment Webinar Presentation Slides

1. Obtaining Consumer Authorization and Handling Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Guidance An updated version of the Marketplace Assister Earned Media and Promotion Toolkit from the CMS Office of Communication is available. This toolkit provides strategies and templates for use in outreach to media and your community in order to drive traffic to Marketplace assister services and community enrollment events. To view the toolkit,

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