November 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT Open Enrollment Continues ( The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released state data for the first three weeks of open enrollment. As a nation, it appears we lag far behind where we were last year (nearly 250,000 in the first 9 days). In Nebraska, we are similarly behind with just 17,041 enrolling thus far compared to 23,381… Read more →

October 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT Have a Spooky Enrollment Enroll Nebraska wishes you a safe but spooky couple of days as you prepare for Open Enrollment! To relax, feel free to watch our “Happy” Promo Video, distribute some Nebraska-specific outreach materials, or check out Nebraska plans (previews are up at But most of all, avoid the full moon! UPCOMING EVIL-EVENTS If you know… Read more →

September 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT Get Trained, Get Excited Your organizations, CMS, and national health care enrollment partners are gearing up for November 1 (the first day of open enrollment) with webinars, trainings, and practical tips on doing your jobs. Find a ton of resources in the bottom section of this email to get trained up with a few lessons targeted just for your… Read more →

New Census data shows growing number of uninsured Americans, less so in Nebraska

By Claire Johnson, Economic Justice Intern As open enrollment for the 2020 benefit year approaches (November 1 – December 15, 2019), new numbers were released describing the nation’s uninsured. According to new Census data, the number of uninsured Americans has increased from 7.9% to 8.5% nationwide. This is an increase of about 1.9 million individuals without coverage in the last… Read more →

August 2019 Newsletter

Planning for OE7 Now is the time to start planning for how your organization will help more people get coverage in Open Enrollment 7 (November 1 – December 15, 2019)! Have you thought about outreach strategy? Can you follow up with past clients? What would it take to put out a press release? These are just some of the questions… Read more →

July 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT Heat and Rain Our thoughts and prayers go out to those of you who experienced flooding in Central Nebraska this month. We hope the water has receded and you can get back to helping people soon. To everyone out there taking time off to travel or just living life, be safe out there. UPCOMING EVENTS If you know… Read more →

June 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT It’s Open Season to Become a CAC Organization CMS recently announced the Application Link is now live to become a certified application assister organization in your community. CACs are trained and able to help consumers seeking health coverage options through the Marketplace and if you’re new to doing this work, you must sign up by September 16, 2019. Share… Read more →

May 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT CMS Announces Navigator Grants for 2020 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the same level of funding for state Navigators this past week ($100M). They also extended the grant period from 1 year to 1-2 years to allow for easier planning and sustainability. Read more HERE. UPCOMING EVENTS If you know about health care-related and/or outreach and… Read more →

April 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT Final Enrollment Data Released for 2018 Top lines and our reactions are below: Nebraska largely maintained the number of plan selections overall from last year (87,416 vs 88,213) which is really good. There was a major dip in the number of new sign ups (23% negative change). Likely because of drop in outreach and marketing by the feds and… Read more →

March 2019 Newsletter

Where are my 1095s at? You know, those lovely health insurance tax verification documents? Learn more about them HERE. Remember, April 15th is the last day to file personal income taxes in the United States. Please direct consumers to these free* tax prep sites: Organization Phone Website Notes / Restrictions VITA / TCE 1-800-906-9887 Click Here The Volunteer Income Tax… Read more →