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Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Important Dates

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

If you haven’t been back to HealthCare.gov in a while, it’s time to change that. Come back and apply for 2015 coverage on or after November 15th.

We can help you get ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.

Open Enrollment is the time when you can find a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or see if you can get help paying for coverage. If you want to make sure you’re covered in 2015, mark these 4 dates on your calendar:

  • November 15, 2014. This is your first day to apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
  • December 15, 2014. Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by December 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage.
  • December 31, 2014. The day all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st.
  • February 15, 2015. The last day you can enroll in 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.

So save the dates and share them with your friends and family — because no one should miss out on affordable health coverage just because they missed the deadline.

The HealthCare.gov Team

Get Covered in 2015: What You Need to Know

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

On November 15th, millions of Americans will return to HealthCare.gov to find a new health insurance plan or re-enroll in their current plan.

Here are 3 things you can do right now to get ready:

We want to make sure every single American who needs good, affordable health insurance knows how to get it.

Take a look, mark your calendar, and spread the word!

The HealthCare.gov Team

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / 10:30 – 11:30 am (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • 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

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: http://marketplace.cms.gov/c2c.

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 WebJunction.org.

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)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

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.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • 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: http://cmsgov.force.com/newsletter/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01514000003K5PA

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: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/looking-ahead-2015-open-enrollment.html

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:

http://cmsgov.force.com/newsletter/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01514000003K3Ou

(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 Champion@cms.hhs.gov.

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

 

How:               Webinar link: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/c4c82014/

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.

Sincerely,

-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group