Monthly Archives: March 2015

ACA 5th Anniversary materials and social media templates

March 23, 2015, marks the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.  ACA anniversary materials are found below: Accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act; A 5th Year Anniversary Report (also attached): http://go.wh.gov/GBhus2 Statement by the President on the Anniversary (attached) Charts and graphs on the Affordable Care Act from the Council of Economic Advisors: http://go.wh.gov/J8E6BS Key facts on how the Affordable Care Act has benefitted

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Outreach & Enrollment Webinar: Quarterly Progress Reporting Tutorial

HRSA encourages health centers to view the recently released on-demand tutorial to support the FY 2015 Quarter 2 O/E QPR submission. This tutorial walks through the O/E QPR form and addresses frequently asked questions. O/E QPRs will be available to grantees on April 1, 2015 and will be due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbook (EHB) on April 13, 2015. For additional assistance, please visit BPHC’s Outreach and Enrollment webpage or email bphc-oe@hrsa.gov. 

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CY 2016 Requirements for FTCA Medical Malpractice Coverage for Health Centers

HRSA has issued Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2015-03 to describe the process for Health Center Program grantees to submit initial and redeeming Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming applications for Calendar Year (CY) 2016. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:59pm, ET. Technical Assistance (TA) Webcasts will be held on April 2 (Risk Management) , April 8 (Credentialing), and April 9 (Professional Liability) from 2:00pm – 3:30pm,

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NEW From Coverage to Care (C2C) Enrollment Toolkit: Helping Consumers Choose the Health Plan That’s Right for Them

From Coverage to Care recently released an Enrollment Toolkit dedicated to helping community partners, assisters, and others who help consumers enroll in coverage or change their plan. Sections start with a few questions consumers might have and, at the top of each page, include key messages for assisters to emphasize. At the end of the section, there are links to more resources for assisters and for consumers. The Toolkit offers tips for talking

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IRS ACA CONSUMER ALERT: Avoiding and Reporting Fraudulent Tax Preparers

On Friday March 13, the IRS issued an ACA Consumer Alert warning consumers about unscrupulous tax preparers who are instructing their clients to make individual shared responsibility payments (also known as the “fee,” or “penalty” for not having health insurance coverage) directly to the preparer instead of to the government with their tax returns. In some parts of the country, these preparers are targeting individuals with limited English

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An Update for Consumers about Corrected 1095-As

In February, CMS notified about 800,000 tax filers, less than one percent of all  tax filers, to expect an updated Marketplace tax statement because the original version they were issued listed an incorrect benchmark premium amount. At that time, Treasury announced that if a consumer filed their taxes before learning that their Form 1095-A was incorrect because of this error, they will not need to file an amended return and the IRS will not pursue

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CLARIFICATION: Assisting Consumers with the Tax Penalty SEP

Consumers are not eligible for the Tax Penalty SEP if they had an exemption for all of 2014 and did not owe the fee for a month or more in 2014. However, as long as a consumer owed the fee for one or more months in 2014, they can still qualify for the Tax Penalty even if they had MEC or an exemption for part of the year, if they meet the other requirements of the SEP. For example, if a consumer had an exemption for a few months, owed the fee for

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Medicaid Enrollment Update: 11.2 million additional individuals as of January 2015

KEY TAKEAWAY: Medicaid enrollment continues to increase; assisters can use the new fact sheet to highlight how the Affordable Care Act is helping more consumers enroll in coverage through Medicaid. Remember: If they are eligible, consumers can enroll in Medicaid at any point during the year. On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) released data showing that Medicaid enrollment increased by approximately 11.2 million

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Affordable Care Act Turns 5!

KEY TAKEAWAY: In the 5 years since its passage, the ACA has made a difference in many Americans’ lives. Assisters and other partners are encouraged to share this information to show how the ACA is working. Monday, March 23 marked the five-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. To date, 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health care coverage since the ACA’s passage. As President Obama said in a statement on the law’s

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System Fix Affecting Immigrants Below 100% FPL

KEY MESSAGE: We have resolved a system issue in which not all applicants who were eligible based on an income under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level and ineligibility for Medicaid due to immigration status received APTC.  Consumers affected by this issue can now change their applications to receive an updated APTC determination. The Marketplace includes a question to help consumers who have been denied Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance

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