Monthly Archives: July 2015

Updated Index of CMS Resources by Language

The CMS Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has just released an updated Index of CMS Resources by Language, which provides English and non-English speakers access to information about the Health Insurance (Marketplace), Medicare, Medicaid, and Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight in nineteen (19) different languages. Each language includes key messages, public service announcements (PSAs), publications (brochures, issue briefs, multimedia,

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NEW HHS Research Brief on Outreach to LGBT Communities

A new HHS research brief explores outreach and enrollment strategies tailored to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families. Through discussions with consumer advocacy coalitions, education and law centers, not-for-profit organizations, grassroots human rights organizations, and a Federally Qualified Health Center, researchers identified a set of promising practices to help enroll LGBT consumers. These practices encompass

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REMINDER – CONSUMERS MUST FILE 2014 TAXES TO RECEIVE MARKETPLACE TAX CREDITS AGAIN IN 2016

Key Takeaway: Consumers who receive tax credits through the Marketplace are required to file taxes to reconcile the financial assistance they received with their actual income. Some consumers have not yet filed taxes for 2014, and these consumers must file their 2014 taxes or they will lose the opportunity to continue to receive tax credits in 2016. Assisters should encourage these consumers to file their 2014 federal income taxes as soon as they

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NEW Slides from Updates to the Streamlined Application (App 2.0)

The Thursday, May 21, 2015 assister webinar featured a deep dive presentation on updates to the streamlined application. The presentation provided an overview of the updated streamlined application process for consumers new to the marketplace. The online application begins with account creation (including verifying your identity/aka identity proofing) and ends with the applicant seeing their eligibility results. The applicant will then move on to

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Preventive Services for Women

KEY TAKEAWAY: Last week, the Administration took important steps to make sure women have access to recommended preventive services – including contraceptive services – at no additional cost, as required by the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, July 10th, the Administration issued a final rule on coverage of certain recommended preventive services without cost-sharing. This rule maintains the existing accommodation for eligible religious nonprofits,

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Plan Selection by County Data Now Available on HealthData.gov

KEY TAKEAWAY: HHS recently released data that show the number of plans selected by county for the 2014-15 Open Enrollment Period in states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. These data are now available online and in the form of new, subject-specific tables on the HealthData.gov website. Assisters who are interested can view these data and look up the number of plan selections that took place in the counties where they work, as well as information

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Clarification on Health Coverage for Young Adults Under 26

Key Takeaway: When a young adult turns 26 (or older, if state or issuer rules require or permit a higher maximum child age), and is covered by their parent’s Marketplace plan, she can stay on her parents’ policy until the plan year ends on December 31. When a young adult turns 26 (or older, if state or issuer rules require or permit a higher maximum child age), and is covered by his or her parent’s Marketplace plan, he or she can stay on the

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Ten Things: Providing an Inclusive and Affirmative Health Care Environment for LGBT People webinar on Tues., July 21 at 1pm CT (12noon MT)

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:00-3:00pm ET Faculty: Harvey J Makadon, MD, Director, Division of Education and Training, The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center Register LGBT people face multiple barriers to accessing inclusive and affirming care. Health centers and other health care organizations are well-positioned to provide environments that are welcoming to the LGBT people in their communities,

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OUTREACH MATERIALS: Medicaid’s 50th Anniversary and Outreach to American Indians

July 30, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Social Security Amendments that established Medicare & Medicaid. To honor Medicare and Medicaid’s contribution to the health and security of millions of Americans, CMS is sharing daily posts on Twitter (@cmsgov) and on Medicaid.gov. Click here to view examples of outreach and Medicaid success stories throughout this month that celebrate “Fifty Years of Medicaid.” Additionally until July 30th,

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CONSUMER EDUCATION RESOURCES – Assisting Consumers Post – Open Enrollment

We know that assisters are doing great work post –Open Enrollment to help consumers use their health coverage and access health care. Below are several recently-updated resources to help you talk to consumers about important post-enrollment topics such as how to get in touch with their health insurance company’s customer service department, access help in a language other than English, and understand how to seek care from providers included in

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