NEW REPORT ANALYZES REHAB AND HAB BENEFITS AVAILABLE IN QHPs
A new report is available from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) which reviews the rehabilitation and habilitation benefits available in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) available on the ACA Marketplaces. To read more about what’s included in the report or to download a copy, click here to read our news story. The report is also available on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Resources – Disability Specific.” You can also find in that section AOTA’s draft questions you should be considering about rehabilitation and habilitation benefits available in QHPs. Those draft questions are also available here.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new pamphlet entitled “Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits.” To download a copy of the pamphlet, click here. The pamphlet is also available on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Resources – Mental Health and Behavioral Health.”
This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new issue brief which analyzes the 2017 premiums for the lowest-cost silver plan in 14 cities. To find out what states are covered by the issue brief or to download a copy, read our news story by clicking here.
Last month HHS released the final rules for the non-discrimination provisions found at §1557 of the ACA. You can read our news item on these rules by clicking here. The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) recently posted an analysis on their blog which reviews how these new rules provide protection needed for people with pre-existing conditions. To read the CHIR blog, click here.
Last week we reported on a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation which examined the importance of the consumer assistance programs which help people enroll in health insurance (click here to read that news story). Enroll America featured that report in their blog this week with additional data that emphasizes the importance of the assister network. To read the Enroll America blog, click here. You can also read the blog post by the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms which also examines the Kaiser report by clicking here.
Next Thursday, June 23, Families USA will be hosting a webinar on special enrollment periods (SEPs). “Optimizing Special Enrollment Periods” will highlight assisters who have used SEPs to reach unique populations, including the justice-involved population and immigrants. The webinar will also explain the recent policy changes and developments related to SEP policy. To register for this webinar, click here.
Speaking of SEPs, last week CMS announced that the new confirmation process for SEPs will go into effect as of today. To read the fact sheet previously released by CMS on the new SEP guidelines, click here. You can also read our prior news item on the new confirmation process 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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