Health News and Resources for July

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20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the ACA

An estimated 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1, 2014 thanks to the Affordable Care Act. These include young adults who gained coverage under parents’ policies, people who bought plans in the marketplaces, individuals who purchased coverage directly from insurers, and adults and children who enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.Read the release from HHS here.

You can also read the full report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

America’s Uninsured Rate is Declining

A new survey from the Commonwealth Fund shows that since people started enrolling in health coverage through the ACA, 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period.

10.6 Million People Helped By Assisters During ACA’s First Enrollment Period

The new Kaiser Foundation survey estimates more than 4,400 Assister Programs, employing more than 28,000 full-time-equivalent staff and volunteers, helped an estimated 10.6 million people with their coverage options during the first open enrollment period.

Automatic re-enroll will make it easy for people to keep Marketplace coverage

HHS announced it would be easy for people to re-enroll in their 2014 health coverage through the Marketplace in 2015 if they wished to keep the same plan. Keep your eyes out for a letter from HHS confirming your plan details with updated premium information.

Read the summary on the Enroll Nebraska blog here

Resources

Upcoming Events

Thurs, July 31st: Coffee & Coverage

Join Enroll NE in Omaha tomorrow for Coffee & Coverage from 8:30-10:00am at Urban Abbeyin downtown Omaha. We will recap the last enrollment period, address what’s coming up for the next enrollment period, and cover ways to get involved with your local health centers and Enroll Nebraska. Free and open to the public.

Mon & Tues, Aug 4th & 5th: CMS Medicare Webinars

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)Office in Kansas City is hosting two, half day educational sessions covering the different parts of the Medicare program. If you serve beneficiaries, or pre-retirees, or just need a better understanding of Medicare these webinars are for you.

Register here for Medicare Parts A and B on Monday, Aug 4th from 9am-12pm CST.

Register here for Medicare Parts C and D on Tuesday, Aug 5th from 9am-12pm CST.

These will happen monthly through December. You can view all dates on the Enroll Nebraska Events Calendar.

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