OE5 HAS BEGUN!!
Open Enrollment Year 5 (OE5) started this week. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has created a brochure entitled “It’s Time to Check on Your Health Insurance!” to help promote open enrollment. In addition to the link above, it can be accessed on the NDNRC website on the NDNRC Materials page.
The dates for open enrollment this year are different than they were in prior years as OE5 will end on December 15, 2017. These dates apply for marketplaces on the federally facilitated exchange (healthcare.gov). Some states who are running their own state-based marketplace will have an extended period for OE5. For a complete rundown of the dates for open enrollment in the state-based marketplaces, check out our blog post.
On Tuesday, the NDNRC presented on a webinar entitled “What You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment in 2017.” The slides from the webinar have now been archived. They are also available on the “Webinars/Presentations” page of our website.
A lot has been reported about premium increases for 2018, but the increases which consumers see may be significantly lower or nonexistent due to the corresponding increase in the premium tax credits. The Kaiser Family Foundation has an interactive map which shows the percentage change in premiums both before and after the tax credits are applied.
A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the effect that the potential loss of the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) have had on premiums for 2018. To learn more or to download the issue brief, check out our news item.
In case you missed it, AAHD is partnering with organizations on two separate projects to assist with OE5. The first is a project with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) called the Consumer Assistance Coordination Hub (CACH). The CACH supports individuals and groups that provide enrollment assistance. The second project is with Community Catalyst and is an effort to spread awareness about the upcoming open enrollment period (with tools like the graphic to the right). If you want to read more about these projects, you can check out our blog.
Last week, we also highlighted this news item which has several resources designed to help you with OE5.
At the end of last week, CMS released its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2019 marketplace. The NBPP is the regulatory framework which CMS uses to operate the federal marketplace. To learn more or to download the proposed rules and/or summary fact sheet, check out our news item. Comments on the proposed rules are due by November 27, 2017. You can also read more about the proposed NBPP in two Health Affairs blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2).
This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report from August 2017. This report can also be found on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Statistics.” Prior Medicaid enrollment reports from CMS, are archived on our website.
The University of Washington, Healthy Aging & Physical Disability, Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) recently released an evidence-based fact sheet on “How to Cope with Depression.”
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. You can find a COC, on the COC page of our website.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.