NEW SURVEY LOOKS AT THE ROLE OF CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new survey this week examining the importance of navigators and other consumer assistance programs which help people enroll in health insurance. To learn more about the survey or to read the full report, check out our news item here.
On Wednesday, CMS indicated that the new confirmation process for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) will go into effect next Friday (June 17). Previously, CMS had released a fact sheet for the new SEP guidelines. To read that fact sheet, click here. You can also read our prior news item on the new confirmation process here.
The University of Washington Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has just released a new plain language summary entitled “Falling Occurs All Too Often for People Aging with Multiple Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Polio Syndrome and Spinal Cord Injury.” To read the summary, click here.
There have been many policy changes regarding how Medicaid reimburses hospitals. A new issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation entitled “Understanding Medicaid Hospital Payments and the Impact of Recent Policy Changes” examines the effect of these policy changes. To read more about this issue brief or to download a copy, check out our news item here.
The Health Affairs blog also has a new post this week about the effects of Medicaid expansion that go beyond providing coverage to the uninsured. To read that blog post, click here.
With UnitedHealthcare’s withdraw from the Marketplace in most states, the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) has a recent blog post which looks at how other publicly traded health insurance carriers are doing. To read that blog post, click here. You can also read our prior news item on a Kaiser brief examining the effects of the UnitedHealthcare withdraw by clicking here.
The CMS Champions for Coverage program is hosting a webinar next Wednesday entitled “How to Increase Marketplace Outreach through Social Media.” The webinar will be Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, click here. The call-in information for the webinar is as follows: (800) 837-1935; Conference ID: 25911756.
If you want to learn more about Medicare, the CMS National Training Program is hosting another webinar next week entitled “Understanding Medicare.” The webinar will provide an overview of the Medicare program, a brief introduction to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace along with resources for these programs. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 PM ET. To register for this webinar, click here.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC is funding eighteen Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) for the third year of our project. This includes the eleven that were funded last year, plus seven new locations in six new states. The COCs 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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