MEDICAID ENROLLMENT – ALL YEAR LONG
While open enrollment is over, keep in mind that Medicaid enrollment is a year round event. With this in mind, be sure to check out all our fact sheets which address issues related to Medicaid enrollment, eligibility and programs. These fact sheets include:
- Fact Sheet #8: Medically Frail Status As an Exemption to Receiving Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plan with Essential Health Benefits
- Fact Sheet #9: Streamlined Marketplace Application Process
- Fact Sheet #12: Process for Medicaid Eligibility
- Fact Sheet #14: Information for People on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Waiting Lists
- Fact Sheet #15: Medicaid Buy-In
Speaking of Medicaid eligibility rules, last week the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) posted a blog article on different eligibility rules for some children who live with both parents but those parents are unmarried. To read about how this affected one child with serious health needs and what the solution was, be sure to read the CHIR blog here.
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will be hosting a webinar next week which looks at the possibility that health insurance carriers on the federally facilitated marketplace will be able to offer qualified health plans with standardized benefit design. The NASHP webinar is next Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM ET. To read more about standardized benefit design and to register for the webinar NASHP will be hosting, click here.
The end of open enrollment also means the start of special enrollment periods (SEPs) when they apply. Recently, the rules regarding SEPs have been changed and it will now be harder for some to qualify for an SEP. To read our news item which includes links to the new CMS guidance and an explanatory blog by the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms, click here.
The past three weeks we reported on the three reports released by the National Council on Disability (NCD) on the ACA and disability. All of these reports are now available to download as follows:
- Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities
- The Impact of the Affordable Care Act: A 2015 Status Report
- Monitoring and Enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for People with Disabilities
All three reports are also available on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Resources – Disability Specific.”
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC is funding eighteen Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) for year three of our project. This includes the eleven that were funded last year, plus seven new locations in six new states. The COCs will increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA. To find a COC, click here.
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