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Medicare & Medicaid: Keeping Americans Healthy for 50 Years – Digital Tools Update & More!

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This week, on July 30, 2015, our Nation will mark the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. For 50 years, these programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of Americans, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation. The HIV community joins in honoring the 50th anniversary of…

CMS Office of Minority Health Releases Updated Index of Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid Resources in Multiple Languages

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released an updated Index of CMS Resources by Language [PDF 2.9MB]. This resource provides English and non-English speakers access to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid in 19 different languages. Each language includes key messages, public service announcements (PSAs),…

CMS Seeks Input on Proposed Out-of-Pocket Comparison Tool

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing an Out-of-Pocket (OOP) Cost Comparison Tool to help consumers make more informed choices about their health insurance coverage and help them pick a plan that will best meet their needs. The proposed tool will allow shoppers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) to see estimates of…

CMS proposes rule to strengthen managed care for Medicaid and CHIP Enrollees

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Editor’s Note: This press release was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 25, 2015. CMS proposes rule to strengthen managed care for Medicaid and CHIP Enrollees Proposal will modernize and improve quality of care for Medicaid and CHIP managed care plans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

April 30 Is Deadline for Tax Season Special Enrollment Period for Gaining Health Coverage through Marketplace

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The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who paid the fee for not having health coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a statement reminding people that April 30, 2015 is the…

CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces

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Navigator awards extend to three years to provide stability and assistance to consumers as they enroll in coverage The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the availability of funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership Marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are…

Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk.  Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged. The addition of…

Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

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Editor’s Note: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for increased support for people living with HIV/AIDS who have co-occurring conditions such as mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction, as part of a concerted national effort to get and keep people living with HIV into care. This proposed rule, as well as provisions in the Affordable…