August 2018 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT

2 Months until Open Enrollment!

Enrollment Assisters Checklist:

  1. Find out when open enrollment is happening. It’s November 1-December 15!
  2. Do your CAC training.
  3. Relive Rock Enroll 2018.
  4. Make sure you and your colleagues are receiving Enroll NE emails.

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

CDO (Certified Application Counselor Organization) Application Period
Now – Sept 14, 2018
CACs are more important than ever given the lack of federal dollars for outreach and marketing. If your organization wants to help more Nebraskans get covered, learn more at Enroll Nebraska CDO webpage here.

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace
Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018

Webinars

The Center on Budget Policy Priorities’ Health Care Reform Beyond the Basics is helping enrollment assisters prepare for Open Enrollment with these webinars.

  • Part I: Premium Tax Credits – Register now
    Thursday, September 13 | 1:00 pm CT
  • Part II: Determining Households and Income for PTC and Medicaid – Register now
    Tuesday, September 18 | 1:00 pm CT
  • Part III: Plan Design – Register now
    Thursday, September 20 | 1:00 pm CT
  • Part IV: Plan Selection Strategies – Register now
    Tuesday, September 25 | 1:00 pm CT
  • Auto-Renewal Process for 2019 in Healthcare.gov – Register now
    Thursday, September 27 | 1:00 pm CT

NEWS AND UPDATES

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

New York Times: Report: Trump Administration Needs to Step Up on ‘Obamacare’
A congressional watchdog said the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons for former President Barack Obama’s health care law after mixed results last year in the throes of a failed GOP effort to repeal it.

Omaha World Herald: Medicaid expansion gets enough signatures to appear on Nebraska ballot
A proposal to expand Medicaid to about 90,000 low-income Nebraskans will be on the November general election ballot, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale announced Friday.

RESOURCES

2019 CAC Training is Now Available

CMS released their 2019 CAC training via the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) Monday, July 9. All CDO organizations should start moving their CACs through the training so that they are certified to assister consumers beginning November 1, 2018.

The training can be accessed through the CMS Enterprise Portal.

You must have your new 2018 CAC ID number to begin your training!

Public Charge Information

Fear and confusion related to the forthcoming “public charge” rule from the Trump administration has caused many immigrant families to drop out of benefits for which they are eligible to receive. We’ve heard that many people are coming to your offices and sharing these fears.

Below are materials and reading to keep you up to date on this issue. Please let us know if you have questions.

Remember, THE PUBLIC CHARGE RULE IS NOT YET IN EFFECT! We’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

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