DEADLINE FOR FULL YEAR COVERAGE IS APPROACHING
Open Enrollment Year 10 (OE10) started last month and will continue through January 15, 2023. However, to ensure your coverage starts by January 1, enrollment must be completed in most states by next Thursday, December 15. This includes those individuals who are renewing their coverage from last year. As part of a review of any plan that someone is considering using, it’s important to make sure that preferred providers are included in the network of the plan. Olli the NaviGator is back this week with a reminder to make sure that your providers are in-network. You can see all of Olli’s adventures on our social media channels.
If you’re unsure how to find out whether a provider is covered, check out some of our NDNRC fact sheets which provide information on how to access these answers:
- Fact Sheet #1: Comparing Health Plan’s Benefits and Coverage Summaries
- Fact Sheet #2: Getting and Using Health Plan Evidence of Coverage
- Fact Sheet #3: Using Health Plan Customer Service
If you’re interested in more resources like these fact sheets or our newest fact sheet on Renewals and Redetermination, check out the blog post we released when OE10 started which highlights our resources available on the NDNRC website.
As part of our partnership with Community Catalyst, we have a project which highlights opportunities for people with disabilities to get access to health coverage through Medicaid or the ACA marketplace. As part of this project, they have graphics like the one below which highlight what ACA plans cover along with the dates for OE10. These graphics are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
On Wednesday, CMS released the latest numbers on enrollment thus far through OE10. As of December 3, over 5.4 million individuals have gotten coverage through the ACA marketplaces – either through healthcare.gov or a state-based marketplace. Included in that number is 1.2 million individuals who are new enrollees for 2023. To learn more about the enrollment report, check out the CMS press release or fact sheet.
If you missed it last month, we participated in Disability Week of Action with several activities. Here are links to some of the things that we did to promote enrollment for people with disabilities throughout the week:
- Monday, 11/7: blog post – Welcome to Disability Week of Action!
- Tuesday, 11/8: news item – Introducing Olli the NaviGator!
- Wednesday, 11/9: blog post – ACA Coverage and Disability – What It Means and Important Stats
- Thursday, 11/10: Twitter chat – “Coverage Is Inclusive”
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) concluded its fall Beyond the Basics webinar series which provides training for assisters to prepare for OE10. All the webinars are archived and can be accessed in our news item which has links for the slides and video recording of each webinar.
As we reported previously, the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) will bring about the end of the continuous coverage requirement under Medicaid and states will begin conducting redeterminations of the eligibility for Medicaid beneficiaries. Earlier this week, in a blog post from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, they examined how Medicaid continuous coverage worked during the pandemic to maintain coverage for children.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new issue brief this week on the end of the PHE entitled “10 Things to Know About the Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Requirement.”
If you’re looking for resources to help with outreach during open enrollment, Young Invincibles has released their OE10 Partner Toolkit. In this toolkit, you will find information on messaging, social media graphics and materials in multiple languages.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.