REPORT HIGHLIGHTS INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE FOR, BUT NOT RECEIVING TAX CREDITS
This week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a report which helps to identify those individuals who remain uninsured or are enrolled in a plan outside of the marketplace but would be eligible for premium tax credits if they enrolled in the marketplace. To read the key findings or to download a copy of the report, click here to check out our news item. Health Affairs also has a blog post going into detail on this report. To read that blog post, click here.
The Health Affairs blog also had a post this week on the overall uninsurance rate between 2014 and 2015 and the effect that Medicaid expansion is having on the uninsurance rate. To read that blog post, click here.
The Commonwealth Fund published an article this week that looks at the number of individuals who are subject to “churning.” Churning is the result of individuals’ eligibility status changing between marketplace coverage and Medicaid. The Commonwealth Fund article suggests that churning may not be as much of a problem as was originally feared, but the effects are still significant. To read more about this article or for links to this article and other resources we have on churning, check out our news item here.
The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) blog recently looked at the number of people who would be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if they would apply and why more of them are not applying. In the blog post, they estimate that 85% of individuals who would be eligible for an SEP, never apply for one. To read the CHIR blog post which includes reasons why individuals may not apply for an SEP, click here.
Last month, the Alliance for Health Reform held a briefing on trends in the marketplace and what can be expected for Open Enrollment Year (OE4). They recently posted the materials from this briefing as well as a video recording. To view the video recording, click here. The transcript for the briefing can be found here and all materials from the presentation are available here.
As part of last week’s CMS Assisters Webinar, they went over the §1557 nondiscrimination regulations that came out earlier this year. Some of the resources that they highlighted were regarding navigators requirements as it relates to individuals with limited English proficiency. To view the frequently asked questions (FAQs) highlighted in the webinar, click here. The regulations refer to requirements related to the top 15 languages spoken in each state. For a list of these languages by state, click here.
Next week Families USA will be hosting a webinar entitled “Preparing for OE4: Key Changes and Updates”. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at 2:00 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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