Monthly Archives: May 2016

Update Your Find Local Help Listing on HealthCare.gov

In an effort to better serve consumers on Find Local Help, all assister organizations should update your Find Local Help listings by ensuring that your current days and hours of operation are provided as soon as possible. If you have an organizational listing on Find Local Help, the days and hours of operation should be completed so that consumers may determine the best times to contact or visit your organization for enrollment assistance. You may

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Marketplace Brand Guideline Updates

CMS has updated and reposted the Health Insurance Marketplace: Brand Identity and Design Standards.  Assisters should use the standards outlined in this guide as you develop materials to market your services or educate consumers about the Marketplace. The guidelines can be found on Marketplace.cms.gov.  Please be aware of revisions to the Health Insurance Marketplace logo in particular, which drop the “stylized H” blue and green graphic to

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Loan Discharges for Those with Total and Permanent Disabilities Are Counted as Income

The U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration recently released guidance that addresses benefits protections for consumers with Total and Permanent Disabilities (TPD) who are eligible for a loan discharge. Someone who cannot work at any job due to a long-term disability may receive a TPD designation. TPD designees may receive a discharge, or forgiveness of their federal student loans, so they will no longer be held responsible

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Special Enrollment Period Eligibility Updates

On May 6, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services announced updates to the requirements for certain special enrollment periods (SEPs) available to consumers through the Marketplace and clarified the six defined categories for which SEPs are available. Changes to the Permanent Move SEP Beginning July 11, 2016 individuals requesting a “permanent move” SEP must have minimum essential coverage for one or more days in the 60 days before

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Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Patients webinar on Mon., June 13 at 1-2:30pm CDT (12noon-1:30pm MDT)

Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Patients–Monday, June 13, 1-2:30pm CDT (12noon-1:30pm MDT) HRSA Office of Regional Operations is hosting this 90-minute webinar which aims to build competency to address the behavioral health needs of transgender and gender non-conforming patients in a culturally-appropriate manner. The online program will feature promising practices of HRSA grantees. Additionally,

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SAMHSA-HRSA Collaborator Grants Call webinar on Tues., May 24 at 2pm CDT (1pm MDT) for Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program

SAMHSA-HRSA Collaborative Grants Call– Tuesday, May 24, at 2pm CDT (1pm MDT)–2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program funds eligible behavioral health paraprofessional and professional training programs to develop and expand the substance use and mental health workforce. Special emphasis is on training to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth

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Zika Resources for Health and Emergency Management Professionals

As the situation on Zika evolves, there is a lot of information that health and emergency management professionals need to know so they can better understand the public health and health care system implications of the virus. Learn about the Zika virus, how it is transmitted, clinical testing considerations, issues surrounding patient care, preparedness, prevention, and more. View the informative PDF here: ASPR-TRACIE-Zika-Virus-Disease-Resources-At-Your-Fingertips

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CMS Issues Several Important Documents for Medicare and Medicaid

CMS had a very busy week, releasing four important documents with implications for health centers: The Final Rule on Medicaid Managed Care – 1400+ pages updating the rules for this major part of the health care market for the first time since 2002. The Proposed Rule outlining how Medicare will pay doctors (but not FQHCs) under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive System created by MACRA

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