Monthly Archives: January 2015

When to expect Form 1095-A in the mail

Form 1095-A is a tax form that will be sent to consumers who were enrolled in health insurance through the Marketplace in the past year. You may have started hearing from consumers who have received their Forms 1095-A in the mail or in their online My Accounts. Consumers will use the information included on Form 1095-A to complete Form 8962, which they will file with their tax returns  to claim the premium tax credit or to declare premium assistance

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Medicaid Block Application Question

CMS has made updates to an application question, referred to as the “Medicaid Block” question. Updates were made such that consumers with denials from Medicaid or CHIP based on immigration status do not need to have received these denials since November 15, 2014 to answer the Medicaid Block question correctly. The purpose of this question is to prevent “loopers” (applicants looping between the FFM and the state Medicaid/CHIP agencies regarding

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HHS Enrollment Report

According to an HHS report released January 29, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in Marketplace coverage through the second month of 2015 Open Enrollment. 87 percent who selected plans in states using HealthCare.gov are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums, and 2.5 million young people have selected a plan or been reenrolled. This report provides data for roughly the first two months of the 2015 Open

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Rural Network Allied Health Training Program Grant T/TA webinar on Wed., Feb. 11 at 1pm CT (12noon MT)

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.      The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments

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Strategies for helping Nebraskans select QHPlans in the Marketplace webinar on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 12noon CT (11am MT)

Please reserve January 29th at 12pm CST for a special webinar. More information (registration and login) will be coming next week. Please share with your contacts that may find this information beneficial. This webinar, presented by staff at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will present strategies for helping Nebraska consumers compare and select qualified health plans in the Marketplace. The presentation will highlight key things that

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Outreach Materials of the Week: Youth Enrollment Day

Youth Enrollment Day is on January 29, 2015, and CMS encourages you to think about ways that you can help educate and enroll young adults. For more information on what some partner organizations are planning, visit Get Covered America, Enroll America, and Young Invincibles. Please also refer to the Online Resource Library for Assisters, an online community housed at CMSzONE, where new materials on this topic have been posted. The Online Library serves

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NEW Online Tools to Help Consumers During Tax Season

As the 2015 tax season approaches, CMS is featuring materials to help assisters work with consumers as they prepare to file their taxes for the 2014 coverage year. Soon consumers will begin receiving the Form 1095-A.  Form 1095-A allows individuals to claim and/or reconcile their premium tax credit on their federal tax return.  The Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) will upload Forms 1095-A to consumers’ HealthCare.gov accounts and mail

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From Coverage to Care Roadmap Available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is a CMS initiative designed to help consumers understand their health care coverage and connect to primary care and the preventive services. The “Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You” is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care. You can view links to the Roadmap in English,

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Fast Facts on Assisting Consumers with Medicaid and CHIP

CMS has published a new fact sheet, “Medicaid and CHIP Fast Facts for Assisters,” aimed at helping assisters work with low-income individuals, families, and children who are seeking information about their health coverage options. This fact sheet can be accessed on the Marketplace website here, as well as at the link below. Medicaid and CHIP Fast Facts for Assisters

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Assister Q&A on Helping Consumers Prepare for Tax Season: 1095-A

The January 9, 2015 assister webinar featured a presentation on the Form 1095-A. Below are responses to some questions that assisters asked during the webinar; we will post the slides and answers to additional questions from assisters once they become available. Who will receive the 1095-A Form? Q: Will all consumers receive this form, including consumers who have Medicare, Medicaid, or employer sponsored coverage? A: No. Only households who were

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