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The Medicaid Health Home Provision in the Affordable Care Act: An Overview

Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on January 1, 2011. It is an optional provision of the ACA. States that create Medicaid Health Homes have an opportunity to integrate primary care, mental, behavioral, and substance use services for individuals with certain chronic conditions who are enrolled in Medicaid.



Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You

Coverage to Care Project

As part of a health literacy campaign called Coverage to Care, CMS has released this new consumer friendly document which includes 8 steps to help consumers and health care providers be informed about the diverse benefits available through their coverage and how to access care.



Archived Webinar: Overview of the ACA and what it means for Michigan

AUCD staffer Rachel Patterson presented this webinar for the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Michigan about what's changing (and what's not) for people with disabilities in Michigan due to the Affordable Care Act.



Video Series on Health Insurance Literacy

CMS has published this 10 part video series on tips for consumers to help them navigate their new health plan.



The Affordable Care Act and Insurance Coverage in Rural Areas

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Almost 50 million people, or about 16 percent of the population of the United States, live in rural areas. The populations of rural areas have different demographics, health needs and insurance coverage profiles than their urban counterparts, which means that Medicaid and Marketplace coverage reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect the two populations differently. This brief examines these differences in populations and coverage patterns and assesses how ACA coverage reforms will affect rural and metropolitan areas in different ways.



Six Reasons Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up Next Year

Hint: the first reason is that health insurance premiums have gone up every year, since we started tracking these things, no matter what.



National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative Fact Sheet on Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

his fact sheet is to clarify some of the issues that may arise for Navigators when applicants and participants in the Marketplace need reasonable accommodations or policy modifications from Navigators, Assisters and Certified Application Counselors. It is intended to be a practical supplement that will help Navigators to evaluate how to best help consumers with various disabilities gain an equal opportunity to participate fully, privately and independently in all aspects of the Marketplace, including federally funded consumer assistance programs and activities.



Reaching Vulnerable Populations Through Health Reform

The ACA has the potential to dramatically improve rates of health insurance coverage for low-income Americans, including many vulnerable populations. This fact sheet highlights particularly vulnerable populations that could benefit from insurance coverage, but may have trouble getting access, including: (1) racial and ethnic minority populations; (2) homeless individuals; (3) the jail-involved population; and (4) veterans. The fact sheet outlines opportunities to connect these individuals to coverage with an eye toward the next open enrollment period.



Measuring Changes in Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

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This data note discusses the details and timing of some of the private and federal surveys that will be used to look at how coverage has changed due to the Affordable Care Act. Different surveys offer different information and insight into coverage under the ACA, and The Kaiser Family Foundation discusses the contributions and challenges in each type of effort.



How is the ACA Impacting Medicaid Enrollment?

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In early April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that as of the end of February 2014, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment had increased by over 3 million since open enrollment began for the new Health Insurance Marketplaces in October 2013. Understanding the ACA's impact on Medicaid enrollment remains complex given that the ACA promotes increased Medicaid enrollment in varied ways, including changes in eligibility, modernization and simplification of enrollment processes, and increased outreach and enrollment efforts. This brief discusses the new data and its interpretation to assess the influence of the ACA on Medicaid enrollment.



The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, and Benefits for People with Disabilities

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This issue brief explains how Medicaid eligibility and benefits for people with disabilities are affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules as of 2014. Marketplace rules are discussed to the extent that they relate to Medicaid eligibility determinations for people with disabilities.



Those Long Lines to Enroll in the ACA

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On the last day of open enrollment for private insurance plans under Obamacare Twitter was full of powerful photographs of people waiting in long lines to sign up for coverage. The photos were a signal that the Administration was going to reach its goal of seven million exchange enrollees in year one; a remarkable comeback from the rollout woes of October and November. They also showed that people procrastinate, especially when it comes to insurance, just as they do when they file their taxes; about a quarter of all tax filings are made in the last two weeks before the deadline.



How Much Financial Assistance are People Receiving Under the Affordable Care Act?

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides premium subsidies to low and middle income people who buy insurance on their own through new health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges). This issue brief estimates the percentage of enrollees who have qualified for assistance, the number of subsidized enrollees, subsidized enrollees as a percentage of those eligible, the average subsidy per enrollee, and total premium subsidies in the state based on enrollment data as of March 1, 2014.



Everything you Need to Know about Obamacare

Vox Media explains the Affordable Care Act in 28 slides.



FAQs on ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

ACOs have become one of the most talked about new ideas in the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News explains what they are and how they work.

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