September 2018 Newsletter – One Month Until Open Enrollment!

HIGHLIGHT

Congratulations Assisters!

Enrollment assisters for the state are set for the 2018 Open Enrollment Period. Thank you to these amazing organizations listed below who are working as CACs and Navigators. Without you, many fewer Nebraskans would have the help they need getting covered.

Join us for the Enroll Nebraska Pre-OE6 Assister Webinar on Thursday, Oct. 25 at noon. We’ll share our outreach theme, helpful resources, and contacts if issues arise. Join us!

As always, you can find information on your closest enrollment assister on the interactive map at EnrollNebraska.org/Local.

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

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

WEBINARS

Enroll Nebraska Pre-OE6 Assister Webinar
Thursday, Oct. 25, 12 pm CT
Register HERE

n this webinar, we’ll share our outreach theme, helpful resources, and helpful contacts if issues arise. All Enrollment Assisters in NE should join us!

Health Reform Beyond the Basics
Part IV: Auto-Renewal Process for 2019 in Healthcare.govRegister now
Thursday, September 27 | 1:00 pm CT

Save the date – check HERE for updates
Immigrant Eligibility for Health Coverage Programs
Thursday, October 4 | 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Presented in partnership with the National Immigration Law Center

Preventing and Resolving Data-Matching Issues
Thursday, October 11 | 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)

Assisting People with Disabilities Enroll in Health Coverage
Thursday, October 18 | 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Presented by the American Association on Health and Disability

(Webinar Replays)

Health Reform Beyond the Basics

Part I: Premium Tax Credits (view slides, watch replay)

Part II: Determining Households and Income (view slides, watch replay)

Part III: Plan Design (view slides, replay will be available soon)

NEWS AND UPDATES

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

Time: Trump Administration Targets Immigrants Who Receive Public Benefits
The Trump Administration is proposing a federal rule that would make it so that immigrants who use public benefits could be deemed ineligible for legal status in the U.S.

CBS News: Health insurance scams soar amid Obamacare changes
Health care-related cons didn’t even register among the top 10 scams as recently as February, but they now account for nearly one-quarter of all illegal computer-generated calls, according to YouMail, a free robocall blocking service for cell phones.

RESOURCES

In the Loop is an online community of enrollment assisters. It hosts a resource bank and community forum where assisters can ask questions and share information. If you are doing enrollment assistance and are not a part of this group, you should sign up!

Below are resources that discuss and explain the various calculations you might encounter while working with consumers during the sixth open enrollment period.

2018 American Community Survey Poverty/Health Insurance Data Released

Highlights for Nebraska –

  1. Uninsured population went from 8.6% to 8.3% from 2016 to 2017
  2. Poverty rate went from 11.4% to 10.8% from 2016 to 2017
  3. 77% of those in poverty are in the labor force
  4. Of those in poverty, the median age is 32.5

Find more estimates and data here.

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