NEW ONLINE GUIDE FOR NAVIGATORS
Last week, the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms released an online version of their Navigator Resource Guide on Private Health Insurance Coverage & the Health Insurance Marketplace. This guide is a valuable resource that provides a comprehensive list of answers to common questions faced by navigators and all enrollment specialists. To read our news story on the release of the guide, which includes links to both the online version and a PDF version, click here.
Are you aware that the vast majority of uninsured individuals are unaware that the second open enrollment will begin in November? That’s what a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows – 89% of uninsured individuals do not know that open enrollment begins November 15. To read our news story on this, including a link to the Kaiser article, click here. Also, if you’re looking for something to use to advise consumers that they need to review their plan and make any decisions regarding reenrollment, download a copy of our brochure “Time for a Health Insurance Check Up” by clicking here.
Two weeks ago in our newsletter, we mentioned a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics on Essential Health Benefits. If you want to learn more, a new issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund details how states have approached the Essential Health Benefits issue and how there is great variation from state to state. To read the issue brief, click here. To read the other report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, click here. Both reports can also be found on our Resources & Links page.
In case you missed it, last week we announced the location for the eleven Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) that we are funding for the coming year. The COCs will increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA. The COCs will have two primary tasks: 1) build cross-disability collaborations with other disability organizations; and 2) have the cross-disability collaboration work as a dissemination and outreach resource with their local and/or state navigators and assisters. To read the news story which includes the list for the eleven COC locations, click here.
Finally, are you wondering what is happening with premium rates in the marketplace for the 2015 coverage year? Be sure to check out our news item on two Commonwealth Fund reports that address premium changes in seven different jurisdictions. To read the news story, which includes links to the Commonwealth Fund reports, click here.