Monthly Archives: December 2015

NACHC Statement on Release of FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

On Wednesday, House leaders released the text of the final negotiated appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, which includes funding for the Health Center Program and other key health priorities. A copy of the bill can be viewed here. The Health Center provision begins on page 889 line 6 and ends on page 890 line 5. The bill contains a discretionary funding level of $1.491 billion for the Health Center Program, which, when combined

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Deadline for insurance sign-up for Jan. 1, 2016 extended to Dec. 17

The deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage has been extended until 11:59pm PST December 17. There has been an unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting call centers or visiting HealthCare.gov leading up to the December 15 deadline. The goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers who were in line an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage.

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Summary and Slides for Overview of Immigrant Eligibility Policies and Application Processes for Health Insurance Affordability Programs

The Friday, November 20, 2015 assister webinar included a presentation on assisting consumers who are immigrants to the United States, or whose families include immigrants, with their Marketplace applications. The deep dive presentation focused on immigrant eligibility policies in the Marketplace and was presented in partnership with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the Georgetown

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Slides from the December 4th Application Spotlight on Income Presentation

The December 4th assister webinar included a presentation on the household income section of the Marketplace application. The income section of the application comes after the family and household section, which we covered in a separate presentation. In the family and household section, the system identifies who is in the tax household for the people applying for coverage, as well as other relevant people who live with them. The application will

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NEW CMS RESOURCE: 5 FACTS FOR CONSUMERS ABOUT THE FEE FOR NOT HAVING HEALTH COVERAGE

As you help consumers understand their coverage options, some may have questions about the fee that may apply to consumers without coverage. Click here to view “5 Facts for Consumers about the Fee for Not Having Health Coverage” and learn more about how to discuss this issue with consumers.

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New Functionality to Help Immigrant Consumers with Incomes Under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and Resources for Assisters

Key Takeaway: Immigrant consumers who have an annual household income under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) may be eligible to receive advanced premium tax credits (APTCs) and Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs) if they are eligible for Marketplace coverage and are not eligible for Medicaid due to their immigration status. In most cases, the Marketplace electronically verifies these consumers’ immigration status in real time through the U.S.

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Members sought for state health care professional boards

The State Board of Health is seeking members to serve on several health care Boards. Professional boards are responsible for granting license privileges to health care providers. Terms are five years long and run through November 30, 2020, and then members would be eligible for reappointment to a five-year term. The following boards have vacancies: Board of Advance Practice Registered Nurses: Clinical Nurse Specialist Board of Alcohol and Drug Counseling:

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Reminder: Next Week’s HHS LGBT Week of Action

The November 18, 2015 assister newsletter included information and resources on an OE3 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Week of Action that the Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate, starting December 7, 2015. This week, we’d like to remind you of this opportunity to promote Open Enrollment while doing targeted outreach to LGBT communities. In honor of LGBT Week of Action and to help you get ideas for  reaching and

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NEW CMS RESOURCE: FAST FACTS ON ASSISTING CONSUMERS WHO ARE IMMIGRANTS NOW AVAILABLE IN 16 LANGUAGES

Many immigrants are eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) or through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Assisters helping immigrant applicants enroll in new health coverage must: be aware of Federal and state rules that affect these consumers’ eligibility for coverage options; understand the application and enrollment process; and be able to provide assistance that is culturally

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Answers to Assister Questions from Overview of Periodic Data Matching (PDM) and Helping Newly Medicaid-eligible Consumers end coverage through the Marketplace with APTC and CSRs

The October 2, 2015 CMS webinar included an overview of Periodic Data Matching (PDM), which is a process the Marketplace uses to identify consumers in Federally-facilitated Marketplace states who are enrolled in Marketplace coverage with Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) or Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs) and Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Medicaid or CHIP. In September 2015, the Marketplace mailed paper notices to the household

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