CMS Announces New Plan to Strengthen the Marketplace by Covering Young Adults

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As part of its continued commitment to the long-term strength of the Marketplace, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a series of actions to step up Marketplace outreach, especially to young adults, for the 2017 Open Enrollment period [November 1, 2016–January 31, 2017]. According to CMS, highlights include: New outreach to…

CMS, CDC, & HRSA Launch HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group for State Medicaid Programs

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This week the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the launch of a new joint initiative: the HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group [PDF 91 KB]. The HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group will bring together state public health…

The Next Step – Making the Most of Your Coverage

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Millions of Americans are gaining health coverage every year. Between 2013 and 2014, African Americans and Latinos saw the largest declines in uninsured rates[1]. During the 2016 open enrollment period, over 2.2 million individuals of color selected plans through the Marketplace[2]. Getting coverage is a big accomplishment, but it is just the first step. Regardless…

Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

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Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

Delivery System Reform: Making Health Care Work Better for Everyone

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Summary: The Affordable Care Act gives us the tools to build a health care system that puts patients at the center. In the six years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, we’ve made important progress to bring more access to quality, affordable health care. Today, 20 million more Americans have insurance because of…

First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients’ health by addressing their social needs

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$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and…

5 Facts for Consumers about the Fee for Not Having Health Coverage

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One of the best parts of my job is the time I spend during Open Enrollment out on the road, talking with people who are looking to sign up for coverage at The people I meet often ask questions about my role as CEO of and why I’m visiting their community. My answer…

Work Continues to Help Americans #GetCovered: Dec. 15 Deadline Approaches

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Government agencies and partners nationwide are continuing to get out the word that now is the time to shop for quality, affordable health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. An important deadline is quickly approaching: December 15th is the last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1,…