Archive for the ‘Affordable Care Act’ Category
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Registration is now open for our January webinar: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library
Monday, January 26th
2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific
Access to reliable consumer health information is an essential component of individual and community well-being. Because of their unique role and reputation for being open and available to all, public libraries bring valuable assets to supporting local community health efforts. In this WebJunction webinar, participants will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services. Participants will be introduced to foundational considerations for ensuring ethics and privacy in patron interactions, maintaining health collections at the public library, addressing community health literacy, and supporting healthy communities through partnerships. Participants will also be introduced to resources to advance these topics in their community, and leave the session prepared to join the strong network of public libraries advancing health education nationwide.
Learn more and register here: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/pathways-guide-health-education.html
Open Enrollment is Underway
Individuals and families who wish to renew or apply for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to act now. Key dates and related consumer deadlines have been posted at HealthCare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/
Be sure to visit our web-guide on Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace to become familiar with activities and resources to address related patron needs in your community! http://webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth/aca-at-your-library.html
Public libraries and partners often look to local data to understand community needs and tailor support. The Opportunity Index “is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational, and civic factors that expand opportunities.” Dimensions of community and civic health are included, among others. Check it out to learn more about key measures in your community! http://opportunityindex.org/about/
As always, we look forward to hearing about your experience and questions regarding community health education via email, or on Twitter using #libs4health.
Friday, November 21st, 2014
The New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report in Public Health has been published today. There are 210 new records.
You can find it at: http://www.greylit.org/reports/current. The items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2014, click on the Date of Publication link.
This report’s main focus is on Smoking and the Affordable Care Act, with a secondary focus on the Ebola Virus with supplemental reports on health in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
We look forward to any comments and questions you may have about the Grey Literature Report in Public Health. Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will find the database useful!
The Grey Literature Team
The New York Academy of Medicine
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Friday, November 14th, 2014
Beginning this week, consumers can visit HealthCare.gov to review detailed information about each health insurance plan offered in their area before applying ahead of open enrollment, which starts November 15, according to an announcement made today by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the majority of consumers will find more affordable options for themselves and their families. By answering a few simple questions, such as location and family size, consumers will be able to compare plans and get an estimate on how much financial assistance they may qualify for when shopping for coverage, without needing to submit an application.
“Consumers can prepare for open enrollment by visiting HealthCare.gov and using the window shopping feature to see what plans will be available in their area,” said Administrator Tavenner. “Using this tool, consumers can compare plans, covered benefits, and physician and hospital networks before the Marketplace annual open enrollment period starts on November 15. New features will give consumers a comprehensive picture of the plans in their area so they can choose the one that’s right for them.”
CMS is working to improve the consumer experience by making the shopping experience easier. Last year, a consumer had to answer nine questions before being able to view their plan options, this year a consumer can start looking at plans after entering just their zip code. Consumers can answer a few simple questions relevant to them to get an estimate on how much financial assistance they may qualify for when shopping for coverage. The window shopping tool has also been optimized for access through a smart phone or tablet. Consumers can also review their options at a more convenient time by emailing or sharing a link to a plan’s information. Premium estimates are more accurate due to more robust data in HealthCare.gov, such as rates adjusted for tobacco use, which are being included in the estimates provided by the tool.
Window shopping remains the single most popular section on HealthCare.gov and regularly has three times the amount of traffic than any other page on the Marketplace website. CMS has improved the scalability and performance of the tool for high volumes of traffic. Additionally, the site has gone through usability and mobile testing that has been key in improving the website’s features.
Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when receiving services. All consumers shopping for health insurance coverage for 2015— even those who currently have coverage through the Marketplace — should enroll or re-enroll between November 15 and December 15 in order to have coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2015.
Consumers can find local help at: Localhelp.healthcare.gov or call the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855- 889-4325. Translation services are available. The call is free.
To preview plans in your area this week, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/see-plans/
For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit: www.healthcare.gov/marketplace
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
We welcome you to join us for a webinar: Preparing for 2015 Open Enrollment-Reaching Special Populations on Wednesday, November 5th. Speakers from the CMS Office of Communications will be providing tips and resources on how to reach special populations such as Hispanic; African American; Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; and people with Disabilities. We will also provide updates and resources for the 2015 Open Enrollment Season. We also encourage you to submit questions in advance to email@example.com.
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Webinar link: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/c4c11514/
Participant Number: (800) 837-1935
Conference ID: 27294127
-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group
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
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
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)
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
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:
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.
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.
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.