Affordable Care Act (ACA)
On October 1st, the Healthcare.gov website went live! The initial enrollment period ended March 31, 2014, but people with qualifying life events may be able to enroll between now and when the next open enrollment period commences October 1, 2014 (see third bullet below).
- Educational cartoon (7-minute animated video) produced by Kaiser Family Foundation, "The You Toons Get Ready for ObamaCare" -- explains components of the ACA and how various Americans are affected.
- Video demonstration of the process for purchasing insurance through the marketplace.
- Have you had a recent change in your life (had a child, lost a job, got married, etc.)? Watch a three minute video on how to take advantage of the Special Enrollment Period
- Subsidy calculator - developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this is a handy tool for figuring out premium assistance for coverage purchased in the exchanges.
- Coverage to Care, a Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You - A guidebook for consumers, especially those new to coverage.
ACA Education and Training
With a small amount of grant funding, Wisconsin AHEC is offering education and training programs to at least 350 health professionals and students about the Affordable Care Act in the spring, summer, and early fall of 2014. Our centers and program office will be:
- Making contact with professional associations and societies, practice management groups, and others while sharing plans for educating health professionals.
- Working with area college or university health profession programs to plan marketplace education for their students.
- Partnering with navigators in your community to bring health professionals and staff members to trainings they will be providing.
Resources for Wisconsin Regional AHEC Centers:
- Curriculum and related resources from the National AHEC Organization
- Keep in mind the Marketplace Curriculum contains approved materials. DO NOT MODIFY. For other questions about the slides, check out the Curriculum FAQs.
- One of the ways you can complete the project is by handing out the self-study guide to professionals. Find out what kind of CE credit is involved and answers to other CE Self-Study Guide FAQs.
- Complete set of resources from the NAO:
Resources from Covering Kids and Families - Wisconsin
- Affordable Care Act - overview presentation. General overview webinar presented by Covering Kids and Families for AHEC 2014 summer interns in CHIP - community health internship program.
- Many useful fact sheets from Covering Kids & FamiliesAdditional Resources
Resources from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA): Workshops, Webinars, Outreach and Consumer Assistance
- HRSA Provider Marketplace Toolkit. This toolkit includes materials that clinicians and health care administrators can use to learn more about the Marketplace and educate patients about their new health care options, how insurance works, and the benefits of having insurance. It also includes information about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
Ten Things Providers Need to Know and 10 Things To Tell Your Patients — These documents from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) give providers a quick rundown of the most important things to know and share with patients about the Affordable Care Act.
Wisconsin Regional Enrollment Network: find help right in your community
Wisconsin AHEC has compiled resources to assist Wisconsin health professionals and concerned community members who are implementing the Affordable Care Act and/or facilitating Health Exchange insurance signups. As additional information becomes available, we will continue to add links below.
- Health Insurance Marketplace official website
- U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services website focused on ACA related topics
Health Insurance Marketplace’s Young Adults campaign — To celebrate the return to schools and colleges across the country, HHS has provided a number of resources designed to highlight what the ACA means for students and young adults. Articles, infographics, PSAs, and fact sheets also target what the new affordable insurance options mean for schools, communities, parents and students at marketplace.cms.gov.
- Also available are the graphic resources, “addressing the unique health needs of adolescents” and “5 things every graduate needs to know.”
- The Consumer Assistance Resources Infographic has a visual breakdown of where consumers can go for enrollment help.
- Marketplace widgets health centers can use.
- Order printed copies (while supplies last) of consumer materials to share with your community.