MEDICAID SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE
Note: through the summer months, we will be sending the NDNRC Update every other Friday.
The American Association on Health & Disability is pleased to announce the release of our social media toolkit for Medicaid. The toolkit provides sample social media posts as well as graphics and relevant hashtags which can be combined to promote the importance of the Medicaid program and how important it is for people with disabilities. The toolkit also provides lists of social media accounts to follow, digital materials, our news stories on Medicaid work requirements and Medicaid statistics. The toolkit is available on the NDNRC website where it can be downloaded as a zip drive.
If you want to learn more about Medicaid work requirements, we published a blog post in February which captures all the news and resources on the waivers where states are adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs.
Insurance companies are beginning to submit their premiums for health plans they will sell on the market for 2019 and the Kaiser Family Foundation has set up a tracker which is following these submissions. As of the writing of this newsletter, they have preliminary data for 16 states + DC.
Two weeks ago we highlighted a webinar we were doing for the NIH’s All of Us Research Project for the Friends of NCBDDD to inform about the All of Us Research Program, as well as the importance of including people with disabilities in this large inclusive research program. The slides and transcript from this webinar have been archived and are now available.
With recent rule changes, the requirements for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) have changed and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has updated their SEP Reference Chart to reflect these changes. 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.
The Trump Administration finalized its rules on Association Health Plans and the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) has a blog post which highlights a recent article they did on the implications these new rules have for states.
Previously, we highlighted blog posts from the CHIR examining the comments on the proposed rules for short-term, limited duration health plans made by consumer advocates, major medical insurers, state insurance departments and short-term insurers and brokers. The CHIR has summarized all of these in a final blog post and highlighted the key takeaways.
How would these short-term plans affect people with mental health and substance use disorders? Families USA, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Council for Behavioral Health have released a new fact sheet which examines this issue and the concerns that these plans raise.
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report from April 2018. 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 Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has released a fact sheet entitled “How to Find Trustworthy Health Information from the Internet.”
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.