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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:


Order From Coverage to Care Materials:


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.

Webinars on the Health Care Law

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The HHS Partnership Center has updated webinars on the health care law for faith and community organizations. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.
To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us  if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. You may also join the webinar by telephone only. All webinars are one hour. To view this document online, go to:

Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance

July 2 at 4 pm ET
(3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT)

To Join By Phone Only, Dial +1 (480) 297-0021
Access Code: 580-591-872
For those joining by phone only, the Pin Number is the # key.

Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar and conference call will discuss how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. Please send your questions  prior to July 1 at noon ET.

Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured
July 16 at 1 pm ET
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

To Join By Phone Only, Dial +1 (646) 307-1721
Access Code: 270-706-869
For those joining by phone only, the Pin Number is the # key.

The health care law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances such as graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married and needing coverage for a spouse, losing employer insurance or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan. Join this webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Please  by July 15 at 12 pm ET with any questions.

Health Literacy Webinar

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to join us for a webinar on health insurance literacy and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

This webinar will provide basic information on how health insurance works, how to use your health insurance ​and where to find consumer-friendly resources. A brief update on the Marketplace will also be provided.


Webinar: Health Insurance Literacy and the Marketplace 

Who Should Attend: HHS partners and community-based organizations

When: Thursday, June 19 at 4 pm EDT

Join the live event (no pre-registration is needed).

Conference number: PW6650566
Passcode: 9529414
Dial-in number: 1-888-455-1840


Note: New Coverage to Care health insurance literacy resources are available for download in English and Spanish.


Questions? Contact CMS at


We look forward to your participation!

ACA Webinar: From Coverage to Care

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

From Coverage to Care: Connecting the Newly Insured to the Health Care System

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2 – 3 PM EST

In April, President Obama announced that more than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Many community organizations, including libraries, will play a role in helping the newly insured understand how to use their new health insurance coverage. This webinar will focus on the information and resources available to help consumers learn about the importance of health insurance and how to appropriately navigate the health care system. Topics will include key terms, how to select a health care provider, when and where to seek health services and why prevention and establishing a medical home with a primary care provider is important.

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria from the Region I External Affairs, Office of the Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Register at:

This webinar is organized by the NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI.

ACA Announcements

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

2014 – 2015 Navigator Funding Announcement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a recent funding opportunity intended to support Navigators providing health insurance enrollment assistance in Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014 – 2015. You may learn more about this opportunity here:

Many libraries have actively partnered with Navigator organizations in their communities to support outreach, education, and enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Libraries have contributed in many ways, such as providing space for Navigator information sessions, making library computers available for enrollment sessions, and sharing resources from Navigators in person and online. defines Navigators as: An individual or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers. 


You can learn more about Navigators and engaging other community health partners in the Partner Engagement section of WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries project site.
Understanding Special Enrollment Periods

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a new video regarding what it means for individuals to qualify for a special enrollment period in the health insurance Marketplace. This resource may be useful as a supplement to some of the key dates that have been established for Marketplace enrollment.
New Consumer Data from Enroll America

Enroll America has published recent findings regarding the attitudes, knowledge, and experiences of individuals who obtained healthcare coverage through the health insurance Marketplace, and those who remained uninsured. They’ve also made available a free webinar archive reviewing the findings, which provide useful insight into the information seeking needs of individuals exploring their health coverage options through the Marketplace.

Please feel free to contact the Health Happens in Libraries team directly with any questions or suggestions for topics that you would like to learn more about to continue supporting community health through your library!