Health Insurance Marketplaces

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HHS Announces Navigator Grantees

HHS has announced $60 million in grants to Health Insurance Navigator programs in federally-facilitated and state-partnership marketplaces. Grantees include AUCD network members in Arkansas and North Dakota.



Analysis of 2015 Premium Changes in the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplaces

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With the second open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplaces approaching, this analysis provides an initial look at premium changes for marketplace plans for individuals in 15 states and the District of Columbia that have publicly released comprehensive data on rates or rate filings for all insurers.



Assister Recertification Bulletin

CMS released an assister bulletin that provides guidance on training, certification, and recertification requirements for Navigators, CACs, and non-Navigator assistance personnel in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces. We recommend assisters review the bulletin, which also includes frequently asked questions.



Data Matching FactSheet

The Health Insurance Marketplace is mailing final warning notices to some consumers who still have unresolved data matching issues with their Marketplace application. You can access the following factsheet for additional information.



Medicaid Health Homes: A Profile of Newer Programs

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A new brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation profiles health home programs in the nine states that have taken up the option in the intervening two years � Alabama, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Vermont



The Relationship between Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace

This page from contains a downloadable document listing frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the relationship between Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Topics include: general enrollment, End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD), and coordination of benefits.



CBPP Beyond the Basics Resource-- Health Care Assisters Guide to Tax Rules

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities developed The Health Care Assisters Guide to Tax Rules to familiarize people who are helping consumers apply for Medicaid, CHIP and premium tax credits with the tax rules that are applied in determining eligibility for these programs.



Web Briefing-- What Worked, Whats Next, Strategies in Four States Leading ACA Enrollment Efforts

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On Monday, July 28, the Kaiser Family Foundation held an interactive web briefing to examine the experiences and lessons of four states, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington, that each established state-based Marketplaces, expanded their Medicaid programs, and successfully enrolled eligible individuals into Medicaid and Marketplace coverage under the ACA. This briefing is based on a new issue brief released today by the Foundations Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU).



Estimated Number of Individuals Eligible for Financial Assistance through the Marketplaces

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A new resource from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows a state by state breakdown of the estimated number of individuals eligible for financial assistance through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.



CCIIO issues FAQ on Essential Community Providers

A new FAQ released by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) addresses questions insurance issuers may have concerning Essential Community Providers (ECPs). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires issuers to contract with a sufficient number of ECPs, or providers that generally treat low-income and medically underserved patients. The FAQ describes specifics of the ECP requirements, how issuers can access the non-exhaustive ECP list, and how ECPs can actively pursue inclusion in insurance planes. The exclusion of Children's Hospitals as ECPs has been of concern to the disability community.



HHS Releases New Details About 2014 Marketplace Premiums, Subsidies

Federal officials have released new data about who enrolled in the federal health marketplace plans for 2014, how much the law's subsidies helped offset the cost and how many plans people from could choose from, among other details.



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.



State-by-State ACA Fact Sheets

Updated to include FY13 data

HHS has updated its state-by-state Affordable Care Act fact sheets with data through FY13. The fact sheets provide data on the marketplace, Medicaid expansion, mental health coverage, health care workforce, and more.



Catalyst Center State-at-a-Glance Chartbook

on Coverage and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to working with states and stakeholder groups on improving health care insurance and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). This chart book will help state advocates access data on where their state stands in coverage, financing, and disparities in access.



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.

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