COMMENTING ON SELLING HEALTH INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES
CMS had recently asked for comments on possible regulations on selling health insurance across state lines. Three coalitions of which AAHD is a part submitted comments raising concerns about the potential implications of such a policy change. Links to the comments from the three coalitions can be found in our news item.
In addition to those coalition letters, you can also check out the comments submitted from Families USA.
A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how carriers performed in the 2018 market. For a link to the brief or to learn more about how insurance companies prepared for the potentially volatile market in 2018 and what it means for consumers, check out our news item.
Last fall, the Trump Administration issued new guidance on Section 1332 which would allow states flexibility in their marketplaces which could potentially undercut the consumer protections which were at the heart of the Affordable Care Act. (Read more about it in last fall’s news item.) This week the House considered a bill which would roll back that guidance. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has written a fact sheet which explains what the proposed legislation would do.
If you missed it last month, we’ve updated our Medicaid Social Media Toolkit. The toolkit provides sample social media posts, 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 is available on the NDNRC website and can be downloaded as a zip drive.
The Medicaid Social Media Toolkit was done in conjunction with the work we are doing Community Catalyst on educating consumers about healthcare enrollment, including coverage through the ACA marketplaces and Medicaid during both the Open Enrollment Period and Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs). Many of the graphics in our Medicaid Social Media Toolkit (like the one below) come from this project. For more graphics 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 blog post which includes a link to the online drive with graphics on health literacy.
Check out the fact sheet from the New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (NHDPH) which explains how a stronger connection between NHDPH and the Regional Public Health Networks in NH promotes more accessible and inclusive public health.
Earlier this year, we released a 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.