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Affordable Care Act Update
July 8, 2013

General Information

  • HealthCare.gov and Call Center are live
  • Webinar: The Health Care Law - Health Insurance Marketplace 101
  • CMS Spring/Summer Health Insurance Marketplace Training Schedule
  • Training Session: Connecticut’s Access Health CT - How the ACA Impacts Nonprofits

Outreach and Consumer Assistance

  • POSTPONED -- Webinar: WHIAAPI/CCIIO on Consumer Assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • HHS awards $32 million in grants to sign up children for health coverage
  • New outreach and educational tools available at marketplace.cms.gov
  • Toolkit: Helping Students Understand Health Care Reform and Enroll in Health Insurance
  • Funding Opportunity: Washington Health Benefit Exchange In-Person Assister Outreach Partner RFP
  • Funding Opportunity: MN Outreach & Infrastructure Consumer Assistance Partner Grant Program RFP
  • MN Certified Application Counselors Application

Policy/Analyses

  • Launching the Medicare Part D Program: Lessons for the New Health Insurance Marketplaces
  • CMS releases final rule, including provisions on eligibility

Media Clips

  • Librarians to help with health law
  • Obamacare 1.0: States brace for Web barrage when reform goes live
  • You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying the Affordable Care Act
  • A Big Medicaid Gap Looms in Obama Health Care Law
  • We’re Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law
  • Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims
  • Obamacare backers launch campaign, want moms to convince their youths to get coverage
  • Health insurers fear young people will opt out

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General Information

HealthCare.gov and Call Center are live

Need health insurance? Starting in October, more Americans than ever will qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budget-- are you one of them? Get ready today for the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to learn more.

¿Necesita un seguro médico? A partir de octubre, más personas van a calificar para obtener una cobertura que se adapte a sus necesidades y presupuesto. ¿Es usted uno de ellos? Prepárese hoy para el nuevo Mercado de Seguros Médicos. Para aprender más visítenos en CuidadoDeSalud.gov o llame 1-800-318-2596.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with a navigator about the Affordable Care Act / Expanded Medicaid, call ReachOut at 937-258-2000.

Si usted desea hacer una cita para hablar con un navegador de la Ley de Asistencia Asequible / Expanded Medicaid, llame al 937-258-2000 ReachOut.


Webinar: The Health Care Law - Health Insurance Marketplace 101

July 11, 2013, 2:00 pm ET
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/324888711

August 7, 2013, 3:00 pm ET
Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/119796735

A presentation on the main provisions in the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions.


Training Session: Connecticut’s Access Health CT - How the ACA Impacts Nonprofits

August 6, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 am ET

August 7, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 am ET

Please join the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison, Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate, and Access Health CT for a “Healthy Nonprofit Chat” to learn how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect nonprofit agencies. Space is limited. For more information on how to register, visit:

http://www.accesshealthct.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ACA-training-for-nonprofit-businesses.pdf


Outreach and Consumer Assistance

POSTPONED Webinar: WHIAAPI/CCIIO on Consumer Assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) webinar on consumer assistance originally scheduled for July 11 is postponed to a future date TBD.

HHS awards $32 million in grants to sign up children forhealth coverage

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $32 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Read the press release: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/07/20130702b.html

New outreach and educational tools available at marketplace.cms.gov

If you’re not a consumer looking for health insurance and you want resources for your organization, like brochures, presentations, widgets, infographics, and materials in other languages, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/get-official-resources.html. Visit the CMS Product Ordering website at http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov to order free ACA outreach and education materials.

Toolkit: Helping Students Understand Health Care Reform and Enroll in Health Insurance

The Young Invincibles and CLASP have released a guide including information about student health insurance options, how to apply, who can help, and key messages and outreach methods community college administrators, faculty members, or staff members can use to inform students about their health care options. Download the toolkit:
http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/ACAToolkit_Helping-Students-
Understand-Health-Care-Reform-and-Enroll-in-Health-Insurance.pdf

Funding Opportunity: Washington Health Benefit Exchange In-Person Assister Outreach Partner RFP
Deadline: August 19, 2013

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to select organizations that will assist with outreach and/or enrollment activities in support of In-Person Assister network organizations. The Exchange is seeking proposals that leverage an organization’s existing infrastructure, network, association membership or other resources to reach a target population and impact enrollment in health insurance coverage through the Healthplanfinder. Because Lead Organizations and In-Person Assister Organizations (selected through a previous RFP) are responsible for developing an outreach plan to target the most vulnerable and at risk consumer groups, the Exchange is particularly interested in Outreach Partner proposals that reach a broader segment of the population. This may include populations that may not be considered vulnerable or at risk, but who are likely to need in-person assistance to learn about new health coverage options available through the Healthplanfinder and enroll in coverage. See the RFP here: http://www.wahbexchange.org/wp-content/uploads/HBE-RFP-13-008-
Outreach-Partner-RFP.pdf

Funding Opportunity: MN Outreach & Infrastructure Consumer Assistance Partner Grant Program RFP
Deadline: July 19, 2013

Mnsure, Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, will offer grants to the consumer assistance network. Two types of grants will be made available. Outreach grants will be awarded to provide community outreach and education for hard-to-reach, non-English speaking, geographically isolated, vulnerable, and underserved populations. These grants will fund community partners through MNsure to provide local, on-the-ground outreach and education to consumers.  In-Person Assister Infrastructure grants will be awarded to entities certified as In-Person Assisters. Successful grantees will receive MNsure funding to build organizational capacity to provide application and enrollment assistance as an In-Person Assister.  For more information and to download the RFP, please visit:
http://mn.gov/hix/your-benefits/consumer-assistants.jsp

MN Certified Application Counselors Application
Deadline: July 19, 2013

Some organizations, such as hospitals, hospital affiliates or HR personnel, who provide consumer assistance in partnership with MNsure won’t fall into either the agent/broker or navigator/in-person assister category, but can still serve as certified application counselors. MNsure does not provide compensation for this consumer assistance service.  For more information and to download the application, visit: http://mn.gov/hix/your-benefits/consumer-assistants.jsp. See the Consumer Assistance Partner Bulletin here:http://mn.gov/commerce/insurance/images/
ConsumerAssistancePartnerBulletin.pdf


Policy/Analyses

Launching the Medicare Part D Program: Lessons for the New Health Insurance Marketplaces

This report from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute examines challenges during the implementation of Medicare Part D, including concerns about cost, outreach, enrollment, and consumer assistance; and lessons learned that could benefit officials working on the health insurance marketplaces.  Read the report: http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2013/rwjf406589

CMS releases final rule, including provisions on eligibility

“This final rule finalizes new Medicaid eligibility provisions; finalizes changes related to electronic Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility notices and delegation of appeals; modernizes and streamlines existing Medicaid eligibility rules; revises CHIP rules relating to the substitution of coverage to improve the coordination of CHIP coverage with other coverage; and amends requirements for benchmark and benchmark-equivalent benefit packages consistent with sections 1937 of the Social Security Act (which we refer to as “alternative benefit plans”) to ensure that these benefit packages include essential health benefits and meet certain other minimum standards. “ Read the final rule:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/15/2013-
16271/essential-health-benefits-in-alternative-benefit-plans-
eligibility-notices-fair-hearing-and-appeal


Media Clips

Librarians to help with health law

Associated Press - June 28, 2013

“The nation's librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.”  Read the full story:
http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-librarians-help-health-law-141539920.html

Obamacare 1.0: States brace for Web barrage when goes live

Reuters – June 30, 2013

“Obamacare, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), could fail for many reasons, including participation by too few of the uninsured and a shortage of doctors to treat those who do sign up. But because its core is government-run marketplaces selling health insurance online, the likeliest reason for failure at the opening bell is information technology snafus, say experts who are helping with the rollout.” Read the full story:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/30/us-usa-healthcare-
technology-idUSBRE95T05J20130630

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying the Affordable Care Act

NPR – July 1, 2013

“The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. October 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014. It can all be a little confusing, we agree. So two weeks ago, we asked what you wanted to know about the health law. You weren't shy; our inbox was stuffed. Here are some answers. If you don't see your question, or one like it, don't despair. We'll be doing this again periodically throughout the summer and fall. You can email more questions to morningedition@npr.org.” Read the full story:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/01/196335133/
you-ask-we-answer-demystifying-the-affordable-care-act?
ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

A Big Medicaid Gap Looms in Obama Health Care Law

Associated Press – July 1, 2013

“Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid.” Read the full story:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MEDICAID_GAP?SITE= AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-07-01-14-41-24

We’re Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law

White House Blog – July 2, 2013

“To help restore middle class security, we are making health care more affordable to businesses, government, and American families through the Affordable Care Act. While major portions of the law have yet to be implemented, it’s already a little more affordable for businesses to offer quality health coverage to their employees.” Read the full blog post:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/02/we-re-listening-
businesses-about-health-care-law
 

Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims

Washington Post – July 6, 2013

The Obama Administration “announced Friday that it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status,” instead relying “more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until 2015.” Read the full story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
health-insurance-marketplaces-will-not-be-required-to-verify-
consumer-claims/2013/07/05/d2a171f4-e5ab-11e2-aef3-
339619eab080_story.html

Obamacare backers launch campaign, want moms to convince their youths to get coverage

Washington Post – July 6, 2013

“The Obama administration and its allies need lots of healthy young adults to sign up for insurance this fall to make the president’s health-care law successful. So they are going after their moms.”  Read the full story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2013/07/06/
3d438a1a-de95-11e2-b2d4-ea6d8f477a01_story.html

Health insurers fear young people will opt out

Associated Press – July 5, 2013

“Experts warn a lot of these so-called ‘young invincibles’ could opt to pay the fine instead of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars each year on insurance premiums.” Read the full story:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/05/3486159/
health-insurers-fear-young-people.html


If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with a navigator about the Affordable Care Act / Expanded Medicaid, call ReachOut at 937-258-2000.


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