NEW CMS INITIATIVE AIMED AT ENROLLMENT OF YOUNG ADULTS
This week the White House held the Millennial Outreach and Enrollment Summit where CMS announced its initiative to target young adults for enrollment in the coming open enrollment period. As part of this initiative, CMS has improved the functionality of healthcare.gov on mobile platforms. The initiative will also partner with other federal agencies and outside organizations to promote enrollment among younger adults. To read the CMS press release for this initiative, click here. Health Affairs has also written a blog post on this initiative which can be accessed here.
A new report from the National Academy of Medicine looks at the role that benefit design plays in promoting health care. The report entitled “Benefit Design to Promote Effective, Efficient, and Affordable Care: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care” provides an overview of the opportunities with benefit design and the challenges that exist, along with recommendations. To read more about this report or to download a copy, check out our news item by clicking here.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have released a new fact sheet on the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and policy implications of caring for people with TBI. To download the CDC/NIDILRR fact sheet, click here. The NDNRC also has a fact sheet on assisting people with TBI with health insurance enrollment entitled “What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with Traumatic Brain Injury.” To access that fact sheet, click here.
If you missed it earlier this month, we highlighted three new policy briefs from our NDNRC Partner, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, on paralysis and its effect on access to health care. The findings in these briefs were also published in the American Journal of Public Health. To read some of the highlighted statistics in these briefs or to download the three policy briefs and the journal article, check out our news item by clicking here.
As you’re preparing for open enrollment in just over a month, be sure you have all the resources to help you get information to consumers which they need to help them explore their options. Enroll America has several resources aimed at helping consumers get the information they need to make informed choice. This includes the following tools:
- Get Covered Plan Explorer which allows consumers to explore their options by ZIP Code
- Get Covered Calculator which allows consumers to get an estimate of how much their monthly premium will cost
- Get Covered Connector which allows enrollment assisters to provide an online scheduling tool for consumers to make appointments
All these tools are also available on our Resources & Links page under “Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Resources.”
Speaking of Enroll America – if you missed it last week, we announced that we joined Enroll America’s recommendations for the next administration to help keep health insurance premiums affordable and make it easier for consumers to enroll through the marketplace. To read more about these recommendations, including links to the full statement and the Enroll America press release, check out our blog post here.
The National Health Council (NHC) recently submitted a comment letter to CMS in response to their request for information on the practice of inappropriately steering individuals on Medicare and Medicaid to enroll in health plans on the marketplace. To read the NHC letter, click here. The American Association on Health and Disability is a member of NHC.
The University of Washington, Healthy Aging & Physical Disability, Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has released a new fact sheet entitled “How to Sidestep Chronic Health Problems as you Age.” To read the fact sheet click here.
This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report from July 2016. To read the report from CMS, click here. This report can also be found on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Statistics.” If you are looking for prior Medicaid enrollment reports from CMS, we have a webpage that has all the Medicaid enrollment reports archived from January 2014 when Medicaid expansion began. Those reports are archived 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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