Monthly Archives: October 2015

Get America Covered: Planning for Open Enrollment 3 Webcast – Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1pm – 2pm CT (12noon-1pm MT)

HRSA is hosting this webinar which will include key updates and messages for this year’s Open Enrollment season. This session will feature the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and Western Maryland Health Corporation who will share their successful outreach and enrollment practices and lessons learned from the first two Open Enrollment periods. Open enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplace runs from November 1, 2015 through January

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Reminder: Opioid Abuse in the U.S.: An Urgent Public Health Crisis Webinar – Monday, November 2, 2015, 2pm – 3:30pm CT (1-2:30pm MT)

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation is hosting this webinar to feature innovative efforts to reverse opioid abuse trends. Check out the draft agenda and register for this webinar.

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HRSA Conference Call to review recent news, the HRSA grant process, and answer questions about EHBs on Tues., Nov. 3 at 12noon-2pm CT (11am-1pm MT) or on Wed., Nov. 4 at 8:30-10:30am CT (7:30am-9:30am MT)

The HRSA electronic grants administration system known as Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) is an important tool for administering your HRSA grant(s). The EHB enables you to efficiently submit and retrieve HRSA grant information electronically. To ensure that all HRSA grantees are informed, the grants office is conducting two conference calls to review recent news, the HRSA grants process, and to answer your questions. Each conference call will include

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WEBINAR RESOURCES: ANSWERS TO ASSISTER QUESTIONS FROM “AN ASSISTER’S GUIDE TO WORKING WITH AGENTS AND BROKERS”

The Friday, October 9 assister webinar featured a presentation on how and when assisters can work with and/or inform consumers about the services of agents and brokers. The presentation was based on this CMS tip sheet, which was released last February 2015. Below are answers to questions that we received from assisters; we will feature answers to additional questions in a future newsletter. Click here to view slides from this presentation; you can

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CMS TIPS FOR ASSISTERS ON CONSUMER PASSWORD AND EMAIL RESET

The information below on password resets is updated and new information is in bold. The updates include information on how to gain access to forgotten usernames and forgotten passwords. Below is a summary of these tips. NEW: As assisters, you may work with consumers who no longer have access to the email address they used to set up their account. Consumers can now change or update the email address associated with their HealthCare.gov account by

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Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment Takes Place from October 15 – December 7, 2015

The Medicare Open Enrollment period, which began last week, takes place each year from October 15 through December 7. While Marketplace Assisters work primarily to help consumers enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov, their state Marketplace, or through Medicaid/CHIP, it may be helpful to be aware that Medicare Open Enrollment is currently taking place. For example, if you are working with a family with one or more members eligible for Medicare,

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: Open Enrollment in 2 weeks – Assisters should complete 2016 Assister Training if not already done

HCAN and CMS strongly encourage assisters to complete the 2016 Assister Training if they have not yet done so. Please see the “Training” section of Marketplace.CMS.gov .

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Advocacy Legalese Webinar by Feldman-Tucker law firm on Wed., Nov. 4 at 1pm CT (12noon MT)

On Wednesday, November 4th at 2PM ET, the advocacy team will host an Advocacy Legalese webinar with legal experts from Feldsman-Tucker law firm. The webinar will focus on what health centers need to know to be compliant with IRS, federal, and state regulations when conducting advocacy and civic engagement work. Join us to learn which funding streams may be utilized for advocacy and civic engagement activities, and the dos and don’ts of advocacy

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HHS enhances preparedness with new products to treat severe burns

Four novel products to treat severe thermal burns will be developed and acquired under contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The products are intended to enhance the available treatment options for disaster response and are being designed to find uses in routine clinical burn care. Read more about the HHS announcement.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: 2016 ASSISTER TRAINING

Certified application counselors (CACs), Navigators, and in-person assisters in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) can access the 2016 Assister Training on MLMS through the CMS Enterprise Portal. We understand that some assisters have been experiencing issues with accessing the training and/or having their training progress recorded.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through glitches in the new training system and MLMS

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