BROOKINGS LOOKS AT FUTURE OF ACA MARKETPLACE
On Tuesday, the Brookings Institution held an event entitled “What’s Ahead for the Individual Health Insurance Market?” The event examined the effects that recent actions by the Trump Administration have had on the marketplace. To learn more about the event or for links to the presentation slides or video of the event, check out our news item.
One of the issues discussed at the Brookings event was the effect of the proposed rule on Association Health Plans. Comments on this proposed rule were due this week and AAHD has joined a comment letter from the “I Am Essential” coalition which expresses concerns and objects to these changes.
In January, we posted a blog on a new journal article which was written as part of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL). This article looked at the disparities that exist in health insurance and access to care for people with disabilities. The CHRIL has also published a two-page summary document of the article.
The Community Catalyst outreach project which we are working on has prepared graphics to highlight Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) for which consumers may qualify. These graphics are specific to many of the reasons people could be eligible like the graphic below highlighting SEPs when someone loses coverage. To learn more about what’s available through this project, check out our blog post.
Speaking of SEPs, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) will be hosting a webinar addressing “Special Enrollment Periods” as part of their Health Reform: Beyond the Basics series. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET. If you’re looking for prior webinars conducted by CBPP, be sure to check out their webinar archive. AAHD has partnered with CBPP on a project called the Consumer Assistance Coordination Hub (CACH). The CACH supports individuals and groups that provide enrollment assistance. To read more about this project, check out our blog post.
With tax season upon us, CBPP has a new tool designed to assist tax preparers determine whether individuals are eligible for an ACA exemption due to the income.
Last month we highlighted our blog post we published which captures all the news and resources on the waivers where states are adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs. We continue to add new resources to this list. This week we added a new fact sheet from CBPP on how work requirements would harm people with mental health conditions. CBPP also published a new blog post this week on Alabama’s proposal to add work requirements to their Medicaid program.
The HCBS Business Acumen Center is looking for stories and examples of promising business practices from Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) serving people with disabilities. These stories will help inspire, shape and elevate the status of CBOs across our country. They are inviting stories from disability-focused CBOs that have used business acumen to promote the sustainability of their organization in a changing environment. Submissions are due March 23rd. For full contest details, check the Center website or you can submit your story here.
The University of Washington (UW), in partnership with Columbia University’s Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, is pleased to announce a competitive postdoctoral fellowship for individuals with an interest in the intersection of aging, disability, and policy research. The fellowship includes a year of training in rehab policy research, and a year in DC interning with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The deadline to apply for this fellowship is next week (3/15). For information and instructions on how to apply, check the RRTC’s website.
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.
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