Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CMS Office of Minority Health Webinar: An Overview of Coverage to Care

The CMS Office of Minority Health invites you to the next: 
Disparities Dialogue
An Overview of Coverage to Care
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
12-1 pm EDT 
Given by Cara James, PhD
Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health 

Coverage to Care (C2C) is designed to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage, and to help make the most of their new benefits, including taking full advantage of primary care and preventive services. It also seeks to give health care providers the tools they need to promote patient engagement. For more information about C2C, visit

Annual CDC Report from National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities released its annual report for FY 2013,
Improving the Health of People with Disabilities.  It contains good data, links and info-graphics.

HHS Offers Evidence-Based Materials for Conversations About Brain Health

The Brain Health Resource, recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a new set of materials that highlights what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best as they age. The materials are intended to facilitate conversations on brain health and consist of:

  • PowerPoint presentation that teaches older adults and their caregivers how to reduce risks related to brain health;
  • An accompanying Educator Guide that provides additional information for presenters to share with audiences;
  • one-page handout for older adults and caregivers called Brain Health as You Age: You Can Make a Difference; and
  • supplementary handoutBrain Health as You Age: Key Facts and Resources, that includes basic information and resources for the topics covered in the presentation.

These resources provide ready-made materials that public health officials can use to promote brain health – as a stand-alone effort and/or by integrating the messages into existing relevant public health efforts. In addition, local public health officials should consider partnering with their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to present and distribute this material at places such as local senior centers. For more information on the materials or how to use them, please contact Jane Tilly with the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

HHS Study shows impact of ACA by State

The Department of Health and Human Services' Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, "estimating that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  The report examines trends in insurance before and after the open enrollment period and finds greater gains among those states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act."  For more information.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Healthcare coverage options if you lose your job

If you lose your job and are no longer covered through your employer, you may be able to find affordable health coverage in the Marketplace.

Here are some important things to know about job loss and health coverage:

Marketplace health coverage. If you lose your job-based insurance for any reason, you can buy a private health insurance plan in the Marketplace. This is true even if you leave your job outside of Open Enrollment. When you apply for Marketplace coverage, you’ll also learn if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

COBRA coverage. If you have COBRA coverage you can keep it. In some cases, you can buy Marketplace coverage instead. If COBRA ends outside of Open Enrollment, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

The Team

Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization Webinar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services welcome you to join a webinar on Wednesday, July 23, on how you can become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace. If you are interested in becoming a CAC organization but were previously determined to be ineligible, we encourage you to attend the webinar to receive clarification on eligibility requirements. We also encourage you to submit questions in advance regarding the CAC program to

What: How to Become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization Webinar for Champions for Coverage

Who should attend:
 Primarily for organizations who have joined the Champions for Coverage program and National Stakeholders and organizations interested in learning more about becoming a Certified Application Counselor organization to assist with Marketplace Enrollment. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 2 pm EDT 

Webinar link:
Participant Number: 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 54119588

**Due to high expected call volume, please dial in and log on at least 10 minutes before the call to avoid delays in joining the webinar. 
For more information on the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program and basic eligibility criteria, visit:

Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested organizations in your community. We look forward to seeing you there!
 -CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 things immigrant families need to know about the Marketplace

Affordable coverage options are available in the Health Insurance Marketplace for immigrant families. If you’ve recently moved to the United States and had a change in your immigration status, here are some things you should know about Marketplace coverage:

1. In order to buy private health insurance through the Marketplace, you must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully present in the United States. See a list of immigration statuses that qualify for Marketplace coverage.

2. If you recently gained U.S. citizenship or had a change in your immigration status, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. See if you can enroll in a Marketplace health plan outside Open Enrollment.

3. If you’re a lawfully present immigrant, you can buy private health insurance in the Marketplace. You may be eligible for lower costs on monthly premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs based on your income. If you make less than $11,490 ($23,550 for a family of 4) and you aren’t eligible for Medicaid, you may still qualify for lower costs on coverage.