TIS THE SEASON FOR SEPS
With Open Enrollment Year 6 (OE6) clearly in our rearview, the focus now turns to helping consumers enroll who are entitled to a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). We are continuing to work with Community Catalyst and other partners to make sure that consumers are aware when they are entitled to a SEP. For more graphics like the one below which can be used to educate consumers about SEPs, check out our blog post which includes a link to an online drive of graphics. If you’re looking for information about helping people understand how to get the most out of their insurance, check out our prior blog post which includes a link to an online drive with graphics on health literacy.
Speaking of SEPs, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is hosting a webinar as part of their Beyond the Basics series on SEPs. You can register now for this webinar which is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET.
As we are entering into the tax season, be sure to check out the Reference Guide which CBPP released on tax filing statuses and dependent rules.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin updating the amounts for the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for 2019. The FPL is used to determine who is eligible for the Medicaid expansion and who receives premium tax credits for qualified health plans on the exchange.
The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a recent survey where they interviewed Medicaid directors in all 50 states and District of Columbia to identify benefits covered for adult beneficiary programs and has included the data from the survey in both their Medicaid Benefits Database and their Medicaid Behavioral Health Services Database. To read more about the survey and for links to both of the databases, check out our news item.
The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) recently published a blog on the post that they did for the Commonwealth Fund addressing the rise in enrollment in short-term, limited duration health plans. Check out the CHIR blog post or the article for the Commonwealth Fund.
The CDC, NCBDDD, Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC) has two (2) new research grant opportunities for the FY 2019 cycle. To learn more, check out the DRDC website.
In case you missed it last week, we released our Call to Action to the disability community to learn about the All of Us Research Program and consider participation. If you want to learn more about our project with the NIH’s All of Us Research Project, check out the Frequently Asked Questions document about the program.
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.