DISABILITY WEEK OF ACTION IS COMING!
Open Enrollment has been underway for a full week now and if you’re wondering how it’s going so far, CMS has released its first Weekly Enrollment Snapshot. Additionally, our Disability Week of Action is just over a week away. If you’re looking for resources to help you serve people with disabilities, check out our news item from last week. The news item includes links to a promotional brochure to use for people with disabilities, our disability guide and all our fact sheets.
In just over one week, AAHD will be leading a Disability Week of Action from November 17-23. As part of the week of action, we will be publishing blogs, hosting a Twitter chat and conducting other outreach to the disability community to make sure they are aware of their opportunity to enroll in health insurance through the marketplace. You can learn more about what we will be doing in today’s news item. If you’re interested in working with us on the Disability Week of Action, please contact Karl Cooper.
If you want to learn more about other weeks of action, check out the Open Enrollment Toolkit from Young Invincibles. The toolkit includes helpful messaging reminders, information on this year’s tax credits and the calendar for outreach activities that will be conducted during OE7 including the weeks of action. This week has been Latino Week of Action and if you are interested in being involved, you can participate in a Twitter chat with UnidosUS today at 1 PM ET.
For OE7, AAHD is once again joining Community Catalyst and other partners in conducting outreach for OE7. As was the case last year, this project will educate individuals about enrolling for health insurance for 2020. Community Catalyst has launched its Outreach Hub which includes resources to use by those who are doing open enrollment outreach. The Outreach Hub includes graphics like the one to the right which can be used to highlight that assistance is available. To learn more about what’s included in the Outreach Hub, check out our news item. To learn more about the project we are doing with Community Catalyst, check out our earlier news item.
Last week, we presented on a webinar as part of the “Beyond the Basics” webinar series from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). This webinar series provides technical assistance to assisters during OE7. The webinar entitled “Best Practices When Assisting People with Disabilities Enroll in Health Coverage” has now been archived. The slides and video recording are also available on our “Webinar/Presentations” page. You can view the archives for all of the other “Beyond the Basics” webinar series in our news item and also on our Resources/Links page under “Enrollment Resources: Overview.”
CBPP has a couple new blogs this week which highlight some of the benefits of Medicaid expansion. The first blog post highlights new research which shows that Medicaid expansion has saved thousands of lives in the states where it has been implemented, while the second blog post demonstrates how Medicaid expansion has led to a drop in uncompensated care in those states.
The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) has a new blog post this week on the consumer alerts which states are releasing to help consumers avoid misleading marketing as it relates to health insurance. The CHIR also has its FAQ of the week entitled “Am I Required to Get Coverage?”
Last month, we announced the launch of our Health Insurance Literacy Academy (HILA) which will develop, implement, and evaluate health insurance trainings for CIL staff so that they can empower people with disabilities to make informed decisions regarding private and public health insurance coverage. To read more about the HILA, check out our blog post.
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.