March 2018 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT

Important – CAC’s must re-apply through CMS!

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is updating the application for Certified Application Counselor (CAC) and requiring all past CAC organizations to REAPPLY.

That means all CACs assisting with Marketplace enrollments should look out for an email from CMS detailing the re-application process and sign up to continue your vital work!

Applications are still being updated, so look out for notifications beginning this spring and throughout the summer. CMS will notify existing CAC Designated Organizations (CDOs) when the application is ready for them to reapply on a rolling basis beginning in April. These organizations will be invited to complete their new applications via email.

Questions regarding the CAC Program can be directed to CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.

Thanks for your continued work, Nebraska CACs!

UPCOMING EVENTS

If you know about health care-related and/or outreach and enrollment events happening in your area, visit our events page and enter your event into our Submit An Event form.

EVENTS

Signature collection for Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative in Nebraska
April – June 2018
If you haven’t heard, Nebraska Appleseed will be a part of signature collection effort called Insure The Good Life to allow voters to decide if Nebraska should expand Medicaid to 90,000 Nebraskans struggling to afford health care. If you’d like to support the effort, contact Eric at 402-438-8853, ext 126 or esavaiano@neappleseed.org!

U.S. Tax Filing Season
Now – Tuesday, April 17

NEWS AND UPDATES

If you’d like more health-related news, we recommend Kaiser Health News to sign up for periodic email updates.

KETV Omaha: Ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in Nebraska
Friday, a collection of Nebraska health care advocates announced the Insure The Good Life campaign to expand Medicaid in Nebraska and provide health coverage for approximately 90,000 Nebraskans.

Kaiser Health News: Everything You Need To Know About The New Medicare Cards (But Beware Of Scams)
In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified.

RESOURCES

Marketplace Appeals & Exemptions Webinar Replay, CBPP, 2.28.18
Replay video
Appeals resource
Exemptions income tool

The webinar provided information on Marketplace appeals, detailing what decisions can be appealed, how to file an appeal, and ways to expedite the appeal process.

Special Enrollment Period Webinar Replay, CBPP,> 3.14.18
Replay video
SEP reference chart
Community Catalyst SEP-specific social media outreach guide: English | Spanish
Young Invincibles SEP Resources

Tax Resources
Enroll Nebraska Free Nebraska Tax Prep Locator pdf
IRS: ACA Tax Homepage
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: ACA Taxes Materials for Assisters

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