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Sept. 7, 2018 Outreach and Enrollment News

APPLICATION DEADLINE September 14

All health centers providing outreach and enrollment services must submit an application to become or remain in the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Designated Organization (CAC/CDO) program by Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  Existing CDOs that fail to reapply during the re-application window will be de-designated and will not be permitted to certify CACs or assist consumers. If you have not already, click here to begin the process. As of Aug. 29, several of our health centers have not applied.  If you have questions, please contact our statewide director for outreach and enrollment, Tia Whitaker.

 

What Is Public Charge and How Might It Impact Enrollment?

The term "public charge" has been in immigration law for decades. Immigration law says that some people who are likely to become public charges may be denied entry to the US or denied permission to immigrate here. Public charge has been defined by immigration courts and past immigration agencies as meaning "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence." Public charge rules are made by statute (laws passed by Congress) and also by regulation (rules issued by government agencies that interpret and implement statute). The current administration in Washington D.C. is considering changes to public charge rules that will impact legal immigrants and, some reports are indicating, are already impacting willingness to sign up for government programs for which they are eligible. Click here for more information on this subject.

 

Coverage to Care (C2C) Spanish Language Partner Webinar 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health will host a partner webinar, in Spanish, to provide information and resources to From Coverage to Care (C2C) partners. This information can be used to help consumers understand and use their healthcare coverage. This webinar will focus on C2C Prevention Resources and the Roadmap to Behavioral Health, which offers information on how to connect to mental health and substance use disorder services.Click here to register for the Sept. 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm webinar.

 

Beyond the Basics Webinar Schedule

In September, the Health Reform: Beyond the Basics project is presenting a four-part webinar series on key topics that enrollment assisters need to know to help enroll people into Marketplace coverage: premium tax credits; determining household and income for PTC and Medicaid; plan design; plan selection strategies; and the auto-renewal process in Healthcare.gov Registration is now open. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing.  

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