Author Archive of Hcan

HCAN CEO addresses the Health Center Funding Cliff

Healthcare has dominated much of the political and public debate in the last twelve months.  Repeal, replace, subsidies, CSRs, who’s in and who’s out of the Marketplace, how many insurers are in a given county.  With the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill last week, there is one more attempt to fundamentally change how healthcare is paid for and delivered.  However, there is a critical part of the healthcare debate that is receiving little

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New CMS Guidance for FQHCs

New CMS guidance for FQHCs

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HCAN CEO Addresses Congressional Awards Concerns

By Amy Behnke, HCAN Chief Executive Officer Last week over 4,000 health center advocates gathered in Washington, DC to support the work of health centers across our country. Our Nebraska delegation took the message of protecting access to care, not only for the nearly 85,000 patients we serve each year, but for all Nebraskans who are struggling to protect their care, directly to Capitol Hill.  The Annual Policy & Issues Forum, sponsored by the

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Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period Final Enrollment report: November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report summarizing enrollment activity in the individual Marketplaces for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows that during the 2017 Open Enrollment Period between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017, approximately 12.2 million consumers selected or were re-enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) through the Healthcare.gov platform or a

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Next HR Peer Learning Team Call is Tuesday, March 21 – “Creating Connection – Initiating Conversations with Grumpy People” by Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD

March agenda Connect Correct Tip Sheets Debra Gerardi HC bio 2016    

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Tips on Direct to Consumer Outreach

Outreach and education are key parts of your role as an assister and are crucial to helping consumers learn about and gain access to affordable, quality health coverage.  Make use of the direct to consumer outreach best practices and resources below to evaluate and improve your organizations outreach. Direct to Consumers Outreach and Enrollment Options Door-to-door outreach and direct phone calls can encourage in-depth conversations about consumers’

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NEW CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

On February 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for 2018, which puts forward new reforms to stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets. This proposed rule would make changes to special enrollment periods, the annual open enrollment period, guaranteed availability, network adequacy rules, essential community providers, and actuarial value requirements; and announces upcoming

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Heads Up – 2017 Data Profiles are Just Around the Corner

Keep an eye out for upcoming information releases from the STAR² Center about the launch of the 2017 individual health center recruitment and retention Data Profiles. To prepare to work with this year's updated Data Profiles, take some time to review the Data Profile Information Center. Here is a brief overview of what the data profile consists of: http://chcworkforce.org/sites/default/files/STAR2%20Center%20Data%20Profiles%20%26%20TA%202016.pdf

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Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry have renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments. The IRS already has received new notifications that the email scam is making its way across the nation for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests

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Getting Ready for Tax Season

Like last year, assisters can help consumers who enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and received advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) understand the Form 1095-A that they receive from the Marketplace. Consumers must use the Form 1095-A to complete Form 8962 when they file their taxes. These forms  allow consumers to reconcile the total APTC they received during 2016 with the amount of premium tax credit (PTC)

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