April 2020 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT

Special Enrollment Periods

Over 96,000 unemployment claims have been filed in Nebraska in the last 4 weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s over 2 years’ worth of claims in a normal time.

For some of these individuals, that means they are now eligible for a Special Enrollment Period through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Health Reform Beyond the Basics has updated their SEP chart to keep you up to date on current options. Print it out and keep it handy!

Thanks for all you’re doing in your front-line healthcare jobs during this time. Take care, Nebraska Enrollment Assisters!

Eric

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

Nebraska Legislative Session (suspended until further notice)

Proposed First Day of Medicaid Expansion Enrollment – August 1, 2020

Proposed First Day of Medicaid Expansion Coverage – October 1, 2020

NEWS AND UPDATES

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

Kaiser Health News: As Coronavirus Spreads, Workers Could Lean On ACA Coverage Protection
KHN’s Julie Rovner discusses the role of the Affordable Care Act in helping to provide coverage to people affected by the virus’ economic repercussions.

Omaha World Herald: Minorities hit hard by coronavirus in U.S., but Nebraska isn’t tracking by race, ethnicity
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and many county health departments haven’t been tracking coronavirus cases by race or ethnicity — even as limited data from other states and cities show black and Hispanic residents faring worse when it comes to infection and death rates compared to their overall share of the population.

RESOURCES

Coronavirus:

  • CMS has released a Virtual Toolkit to help you stay up-to-date on CMS materials available on COVID-19.
  • The Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum is continually updating its COVID-19 resource bank with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander in-language information.

On Nebraska Medicaid Expansion:

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