Monthly Archives: June 2016

BPHC Announces One-Time Funding for HIT Improvements–Applications Due July 20

BPHC announced a new supplemental funding opportunity to support existing Health Center grantees in making strategic investments in Health Information Technology enhancements.  Called Delivery System Health Information Investment, or DSHII (pronounced DISH-ee), these funds are intended to “accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions, and increase

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National Health Center Week: Focused Theme Days

For National Health Center Week 2016, we have added focused themed days, that will allow for more opportunities to showcase the innovative services and programs at Health Centers. We encourage you to consider coordinating your celebrations around the corresponding dates and focused themes listed below to showcase the innovative programs and services your health center provides in the community. To be clear, your events do not have to coincide exactly with

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Special Assister Webinar

Save the date for a special Assister Webinar on the Assister certification training for Open Enrollment 4 scheduled for July 6 at 1:00pm CDT (12noon MDT). We will provide more information at a later date.

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NEW: Auto Re-enrollment for QHPs No Longer Available in the Marketplace-FAQs

On June 24, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) stating that if no Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) from the same issuer are available through the Marketplace, then the Marketplace could automatically re-enroll enrollees into QHPs from different issuers. Such auto re-enrollments would be directed by the applicable State regulatory authority, or, where the applicable State regulatory authority

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Medicare and the Marketplace

                    Medicare – A short introduction Medicare is the Federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). There are four different parts of Medicare that help cover specific services, including Medicare

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New: 2016 Assister Certification Bulletin Now Available

Today, CMS released the 2016 Assister Certification Bulletin which outlines the Navigator and certified application counselor (CAC) certification and recertification requirements for the 2017 plan year, including the certification training curriculum for the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). In this bulletin, we refer to this updated training curriculum as the “2017 training.” Similar to last year, the 2017 training will be available through

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Healthy & Mighty: Empowering Women and Girls to Connect to Healthcare

By Keshia Bradford, HCAN Director of Outreach & Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives On June 14, 2016, I had the privilege of being a panel presenter at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington DC. The White House Council on Women and Girls—together with the Department of State, the Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute and Civic Nation—hosted a day-long summit on the United State of Women to highlight key issues

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#NHCW16 Picture & Video Contests

National Health Center Week is a time where we celebrate and showcase the innovative work of health centers across the country, so what better way to show off the outstanding work your health center does in the community than to participate in the annual National Health Center Week Picture & Video Contests? In addition to having the chance to win amazing prizes, the contest is an opportunity for your health center to gain national exposure

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New: Special Enrollment Period Documentation Process

Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) provide a way for people who lose health coverage or experience other qualifying events during the year to enroll in or change health coverage.   On Wednesday June 8th, CMS announced that, starting June 17th, individuals enrolling in coverage through five SEP categories will be asked to provide documents to prove their eligibility for this SEP. These SEP Categories include: 1) Loss of Minimum Essential Coverage;

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2017 Assister Training Update: Assister Training Going Dark June 25th

Attention Assisters: As CMS prepares to release the 2017 Assister Certification Training, the 2016 Assister Certification Training that is hosted on the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) will be taken offline at 12:00 A.M. on June 25, 2016. During this “go-dark” period, assisters will not be able to access the certification training. They anticipate that the 2017 Assister Certification Training will be available to assisters by mid-summer.

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