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Health Insurance Marketplace 2014 Workshops

Wednesday, July 23rd, 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

As with the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA, the states of AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX align exactly with CMS Region 6. Four training events are currently scheduled for Region 6: Houston, TX (August 5); Dallas, TX (August 27 & August 28); and Baton Rouge, LA (September 18).

For more information, including how to register, visit: http://www.seiservices.com/cmsmp2014/mp/MPHome.aspx

Health Insurance Marketplace
 
 

News and Updates on the ACA

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Several recently released studies indicate that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped reduce the number of uninsured Americans by between 8 and 11 million in the first year of the Marketplaces. Other key points from one report¹:

  • Many of the previously uninsured have used their new coverage to obtain needed care
  • The uninsured rate for people ages 19-64 declined from 20% in the period July – September 2013 to 15% in the period April – June 2014
  • Young men and women (ages 19-34) made up a significant portion of the decline
  • In states which expanded Medicaid coverage, the uninsured rate for people in poverty declined at an even higher rate (28% to 17%)

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A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Navigators and Assister programs nationwide found that an estimated 10.6 million people received personal help from Navigators and Assisters during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). In total, more than 4,400 Assister Program provided assistance for enrollment. Most Assister programs reported that people looking for health insurance sought help because they did not understand the ACA or health insurance and lacked confidence to apply on their own. In addition, the survey showed that 90% of Assister Programs have already been re-ontacted by consumers with post-enrollment questions and problems.²

The next Open Enrollment Period for insurance coverage will begin on November 15, 2014. If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC).  Attend an informational webinar on July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT for clarification regarding eligibility requirements. For more information on the CAC program, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/cac.html

Information on the webinar:

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), specifically designed to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. It also seeks to give healthcare providers the tolls they need to promote patient engagement. An overview of the full range of resources included in C2C will be presented in a webinar on Wednesday, July 30th, at 11:00 a.m. CT: http://ow.ly/zpUfo

¹Gaining Ground: American’s Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period

²Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs

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Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcment for 2014-15

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   You may learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=93.332 

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. HealthCare.gov 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.

The funding opportunity is available to all eligible individuals, as well as public and private entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants; applications are due July 10, 2014.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award Recipients

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach (ECHO) Award:

Organization: The Alliance of Border Collaboratives, El Paso, TX
Title of Project: “Provision: Capacity Building Assistance Project”
Responsible Investigator: Rebeca Ramos
Description: The goal of this project is to increase awareness and utilization of NLM resources to Community Health Workers (Promotores) and the general population of El Paso County, TX and Dona Ana County, NM through development of training tutorials and community presentations. Development of training materials/tutorials will have a specific focus on information related to diabetes and mental health.

Organization: University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM
Title of Project: “Good Information for Good Health: Online Continuing Education for New Mexico Health Professionals”
Responsible Investigator: Gale Hannigan
Description: The goal of this project is to develop and make available accredited continuing education online modules that highlight NLM information resources. The content will be designed specifically for New Mexico primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

 

 

2014-2015 NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Express Outreach Award:

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Organization: Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge LA
Title of Project: Finding Health Information in a Digital Video World
Responsible Investigator: Courtney Britton

Organization: Morningcrest Health Library, University of Oklahoma Tulsa, Tulsa OK
Title of Project: Improving OU-T Reach with Enhanced Media Presentations
Responsible Investigator: Ruth Neal

Organization: Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Title of Project: New Orleans HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources
Responsible Investigator: Elaine Hicks

Organization: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX
Title of Project: Eastside YMCA’s Summer Family Nutrition Series
Responsible Investigator: Tendai Matambanadzo

More information on these and all funded NN/LM SCR projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page

 

3 Days and Counting!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Join the 6 Million_Healthcare.gov

The end of Marketplace Open Enrollment is now just 3 days away – March 31st – for individuals to sign up for coverage for this year. After March 31st, the next Open Enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. As of March 27, more than 6 million individuals had signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Individuals are being encouraged to use the online enrollment options via Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov or by phone using the toll free number at 1-800-318-25961-800-318-2596. Individuals are advised NOT to use a paper application form at this time to avoid missing the enrollment deadline. The Call Center continues to be staffed to provide assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance to those needing to start or complete an application, compare plans, enroll,  or ask a question.

For sources of Public Service Announcements, sample Facebook and Twitter posts, blog posts, and stories of individuals who have recently received coverage, these sources have lots of information:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/insurance/index.html

Healthcare.gov

CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace website

Facebook: Healthcare.gov

Twitter: @HealthCare.gov and several hashtags, including #GetCoveredNow and #ACA

Let’s help get the word out for people to #GetCoveredNow!

Photo credit: Healthcare.gov Facebook page

 

NLM Education Connection

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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The National Library of Medicine K-12 team is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Outreach to Special Populations Branch (SIS). Teachers and students have been identified as a special population group that can benefit from the science and health information and resources which NLM provides.

In addition to the many online resources which may be accessed through the National Library of Medicine’s website, educators may be interested in an electronic newsletter produced monthly entitled, “NLM Education Connection.” Subscription to the newsletter is available via: https://LIST.NIH.GOV/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=K12NLMRESOURCES&A=1 .

 

This month’s features include:

  • Toxicology Resources for the Classroom
  • Health Observances: National Nutrition Month
  • Desalination Video that Wows!

Additional resources for I-12 teachers and students may be found at: http://k12.nlm.nih.gov/ .

 

Resources Update on the ACA

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you and your patrons remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others. Please note that if the dates and/or times are not convenient, most webinars are being archived.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Native Voices

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Native Voices ExhibitionThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site. 

 For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.    

 The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

 While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Web site

The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.

NN/LM SCR Profile in NLM In Focus

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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The work of the NN/LM SCR is profiled in the January 23, 2014 NLM In Focus.  The post includes accomplishments, funding highlights and demographic information on the five-state Region.  The NLM in Focus electronic newsletter gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the National Library of Medicine and how its vast resources are being used to improve public health and safety, and advance science and medicine.

NLM in Focus features articles about events at NLM, the library’s programs and services, research projects, fascinating collections, and its outreach efforts in the US and abroad. The talents and efforts of the people at NLM, its partner libraries, and its grantees are showcased. The newsletter also explores trends and new technologies, and delivers helpful news you can use.