Enroll Wisconsin Update: January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

 

State and Federal Updates
9 Days Left of Open Enrollment!
We’d like extend our gratitude to all of the enrollment assisters across Wisconsin who will be working extra hard over the next 9 days to meet the needs of their consumers. Thank you for your work, and please let us know if you need assistance in escalating complex issues.   

Clarifying, Eliminating and Enforcing Special Enrollment Periods
HHS has been reviewing current Special Enrollment Period policies to ensure that they are fair for both consumers and insurers alike. This will involve the elimination of unnecessary special enrollment periods, clarification of eligibility requirements around existing SEPs, and enforcement of existing rules. We encourage you to read the full blog post by Health Insurance Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan.

Weekly Enrollment Snapshot
From November 1, 2015 – January 16, 2016, 224,719 individuals have signed-up for health coverage through HealthCare.gov in Wisconsin. These figures represent the number of plan selections, not necessarily the number of people who have effectuated their coverage. Take a look at this fact sheet for more information.

Forms 1095-A, B, and C
The Marketplace is on track to deliver Form 1095-A, the Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, to the last known address of each tax filer and upload the form to the consumers’ online website account. Consumers who enrolled in coverage through HealthCare.gov need this form in order to file their federal income taxes, reconcile their APTCs or claim their PTC. Consumers may also receive Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C if they or members of their household had coverage in 2015 through plans or programs outside of the marketplace. Click here to learn more about the tax filing process for Marketplace consumers. You can also find more information about Form 1095-A here. The Department of Health Services has also already issued over 1.1 million 1095-Bs out to BadgerCare, Medicaid, and other State of Wisconsin Health Care Program recipients. Here’s a link to the DHS FAQ on the 1095-B.

CMS: Tips for Agents and Brokers
Did you know that every 365 days, consumers need to reauthorize the Marketplace Call Center to allow an agent/broker to work on their behalf? Please remind your consumers to complete these reauthorizations during off-peak hours.

DHS: BadgerCare Enrollment Report
The BadgerCare Plus December Enrollment report is now available by county or statewide.

Partner Resources
National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative: Fact Sheets
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has created a series of population specific fact sheets that are excellent. Click here and scroll down to the bottom.

Families USA: Conducting a Successful Debrief
Look over in the events section for more information on this webinar which can help you to successfully plan and conduct a constructive debrief meeting.

Webinars and Trainings
Check out the Calendar the Enroll Wisconsin Website for Assister Training Opportunities!

Bi-Weekly Assister Webinar
Please note that there will be a re-scheduled webinar on Friday, January 29.

Tax Filing Season: What to Expect and New Opportunities for the Enrollment Community Tuesday, January 26
1 – 2 PM
We strongly encourage enrollment assisters to attend this Enroll America/TurboTax webinar on the upcoming tax filing season. Register here.

Planning an Effective Media Strategy for 2016
Thursday, January 28
12:45 – 2:00 PM
Click here to register.

Families USA: Conducting A Successful Debrief 
Thursday, February 18
1 – 2 PM
Click here to register.

Families USA – Health Action 2016
February 4-6, Washington DC
Registration link

 

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January 13, 2016 Enroll Wisconsin Update

January 13, 2016

State and Federal Updates
Weekly Enrollment Snapshot
From November 1, 2015 – January 2, 2016, 218,394 individuals have signed-up for health coverage through HealthCare.gov in Wisconsin. This well exceeds Wisconsin’s enrollment rate from the previous open enrollment period. Nationally, enrollment during OE3 is also outpacing OE2. Take a look at this fact sheet for more information. These figures represent the number of plan selections, not necessarily the number of people who have effectuated their coverage.  

African American Week of Action: January 11th
We’re exiting the “Give the Gift of Health” week of action and moving into the African American Week of Action. Take a look at these resources from Enroll America.

DHS: Policy and System Changes as a Result of Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
Late December, DHS released new guidance relating to eligibility-related procedures and policies for Wisconsin’s public assistance programs. Legally married spouses of the same sex are to be treated the same as opposite-sex spouses for all purposes in the administration of the Child Care, Wisconsin Works (W-2), Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, SeniorCare, FoodShare, and Caretaker Supplement (CTS) programs. Read the ops memo here.

Partner Resources
CMS: Catalog of Assister Promising Practices
CMS recently published the first in a series of promising practices. This publication features Covering Florida, a statewide navigator grantee. Take a look at how they prepare consumers to enroll in coverage, manage enrollment events, and help consumers complete an application and make a plan selection.

Families USA: Top 5 Enrollment Resources
Check out these tools compiled by Families USA

Webinars and Trainings
Check out the Calendar the Enroll Wisconsin Website for Assister Training Opportunities!

Bi-Weekly Assister Webinar
Every Other Friday, 1-2 PM
Sign up to receive weekly assister newsletters and webinar invitations by sending an email to *protected email* with the subject line “Add to listserv”.

From Coverage to Care: Following the Roadmap to Health

Tuesday, January 12
10 – 11 AM
Presented by CMS, this webinar will discuss “From Coverage to Care”, an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and preventive services.
Registration Link 

Health Insurance Options for Immigrant Families
Tuesday, January 12
2 – 3 PM
Hosted by the HHS Partnership Center, this webinar will discuss the benefits available to immigrant families through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Registration Link

Verification of Eligibility in the FFM and Resolving Inconsistencies
Thursday, January 21
1 – 2:30 PM
Hosted by CBPP’s Health Reform Beyond the Basics team, this webinar will provide an overview of how the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) verifies the information consumers provide as to their income and citizenship or immigration status, and will cover what happens when the FFM determines that the application information doesn’t match information available to the FFM. Registration link

Families USA – Health Action 2016
February 4-6, Washington DC
Registration  is set at $450 until January 8!

 

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