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Get Ready to Enroll in Marketplace Coverage

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Starting November 15th, you’ll be able to apply and enroll in 2015 Marketplace coverage. If you’re eligible, the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you find affordable health coverage. Most people who apply qualify for premium tax credits and other savings based on their income.

If you already have 2014 Marketplace coverage, you’ll be receiving important information about how to keep your coverage for 2015.

Here are some things you can do now to get ready for November 15th:

New From Coverage to Care: Materials are Available in Spanish!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources in Spanish are now available to download and print.

Available resources include:

  • A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You (Una Guía para Un Mejor Cuidado y Una Vida Más Saludable) that includes 8 steps to explain what health coverage is, and how to use it to get needed care
  • Consumer tools including a sample insurance card and a sample explanation of benefits
  • An 11-part video series that helps explain the information covered in the Roadmap

To download, print, and order these resources in Spanish, please visit:

Health Happens in Libraries Looks Ahead

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries Continues

We are excited to announce that WebJunction, in partnership with ZeroDivide and with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will expand the focus of our Health Happens in Libraries  program to magnify the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. We will partner with public libraries and health information experts to develop health competency pathways that library staff can use to advance services in common community health topics. We’ll also work with 3 – 5 public libraries and their local health partners to co-create community engagement models, and share those models broadly. And finally, a range of communications resources will be developed to help library staff advocate with members of local communities about how libraries help in health and wellness, and these resources will be freely available for use by any library. You can read the full post about our recent and upcoming work at

Resource Review 

The full archive is now available for the September 2014 WebJunction webinar: Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment. Presenters from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh shared strategies and resources to connect with partners and support patrons who may have information needs regarding the health insurance marketplace, and how to understand and utilize their new coverage.

Enroll America is hosting a free webinar series regarding Effective Strategies for the Second Open Enrollment Period, including a focus on Health Insurance Literacy in a Monday, 10/20 session at 2 PM ET. Library staff or partners interested in community outreach on health topics may benefit from the information in this series. Archived recordings of sessions will also be made available.

October is Health Literacy Month! Great resources to help your organizations, partners, and community members understand what health literacy is, why it matters, and how to strengthen it are available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and MedlinePlus.

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Summary:  During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.



  • This session will be meeting on a Tuesday, rather than our typical Thursday time slot
  • We will offer 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit for this single session

CMS Champion for Coverage Weekly Update

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

We hope you enjoyed your summers and that you are preparing for the next Marketplace open enrollment period. Please read along for new updates and materials, including a Champion webinar happening in two weeks, and much more.

Champion newsletter:

Health Happens in Libraries – Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment

Monday, September 8th, 2014

WebJunction has opened registration for a September webinar on the federal health insurance marketplace, targeted to public library staff.

Health Happens in Libraries – Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment

Wednesday, September 24, 2014: 2 – 3 PM Eastern
For more information and to register, please visit:

Champions for Coverage

Friday, August 15th, 2014

We hope your summers are going well and hope we’re all preparing for the next open enrollment period. Please read along for new updates and materials, including a Champion webinar happening next Wednesday and much more.

Please click here for the full August 15th Champion newsletter:

(REMINDER) Interested in learning more about Medicaid expansion and health insurance for children? Join us on Wed., August 20 at 2pm ET

We welcome you to join us for a webinar on Wednesday, August 20th on Medicaid, including expansion and eligibility, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign.  Join us to learn tangible outreach tools you can use to reach individuals and families in your communities. We also encourage you to submit questions in advance regarding these topics to

When:             Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET


How:               Webinar link:

Participant Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID: 79394500

**Due to high expected call volumes, please dial in and log on at least 10 minutes before the call to avoid delays in joining the webinar.


-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

Health Insurance Marketplace 2014 Workshops

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is hosting a free 1‑day Marketplace training event for partners and stakeholders who provide general information or help educate consumers about the Marketplace, and/or help them apply for coverage.

This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for Navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The web-based training for certification of Navigators/Certified Assistance Counselors will be available in August, and for agents and brokers in July.

The training sessions will cover the following:

  • An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Information on Health Insurance Literacy
  • Current Marketplace Topics
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned

For more information, including how to register, visit:

How to Become a Certified Application Counselor Organization

Friday, July 18th, 2014

We welcome you to join us for a webinar on Wednesday, July 23rd 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.

When:                         Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET

How:                                   Webinar link:

Participant Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID: 54119588

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

CMS Initiative Helps People Make the Most of Their New Health Coverage

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative “From Coverage to Care” (C2C), which is designed to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage, to help them 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.

“Helping to ensure that new health care consumers know about the benefits available through their coverage, and how to use it appropriately to obtain primary care and preventive services is essential to improving the health of the nation and reducing health care costs,” said Dr. Cara V. James, director of the CMS Office of Minority Health. Dr. James noted that,“to achieve these goals, we need to make sure that people who are newly covered know that their coverage can help them stay healthy, not just help them get better if they get sick.”

C2C will be an ongoing project. As more and more people obtain coverage, there will be a continuous need to ensure that people have answers to questions they might have about their new coverage and are appropriately connected to the health care system to help them live long, healthy lives.

Today’s launch also marks the release of the new Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You,, which includes 8 steps to help consumers and health care providers be informed about the diverse benefits available through their coverage and how to use it appropriately to access to primary care and preventive services. Among other things, the “Roadmap” contains information on health care coverage terms, the differences between primary care and emergency care, and the cost differences of decisions to seek care in- and out-of-network, where applicable to the consumer’s health plan.


More information about C2C and other helpful resources, including a 10-part video series, to help those with new health care coverage make the most of their coverage, and raise awareness about the importance of getting routine primary care and regular preventive care are available at: People with related questions about the C2C initiative should write to Blog English: Blog Spanish:


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Additional resources and videos (Chapters 1-10) are located here: with your questions or feedback or to request professional print-ready versions of any of our resources.