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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…

HIV/AIDS Organizations Support Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment as Champions for Coverage

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During our recent AIDS.gov webinar, Toward an AIDS-free Generation: Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment for People Living with HIV, panelists discussed ways that HIV/AIDS organizations can help reach out to and enroll individuals, particularly from communities of color, in coverage available to them through the Health Insurance Marketplace. One way for organizations to get involved, explained…

From Coverage to Care to an AIDS-Free Generation

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Editors Note: Open Enrollment for coverage through the Marketplace is NOW until February 15th, 2015. Today, we share a guest post from Dr. Cara James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on the importance of coverage and things to know about the Marketplace for those living with HIV/AIDS. If…