CMS Releases First Ever Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), unveiled the first CMS plan to address health equity in Medicare. The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (CMS Equity Plan for Medicare) is an action-oriented plan that focuses on six priority areas and aims to reduce health disparities in four years.
September 8, 2015
CMS: Expanding Enrollment Efforts Through Culturally Competent Outreach
Alerting families with children eligible for Medicaid and CHIP about health coverage and how to apply will often require reaching out to diverse communities. A commitment to ensuring that messages and outreach methods are culturally competent is key to ensuring that our outreach work is most effective.
Lessons Learned from On-the-Ground Outreach: There are many organizations working to increase health coverage enrollment and access to care in diverse communities – you can learn from their successful strategies and adapt or replicate them in your own community.
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign recently hosted a webinar on applying cultural competency practices to outreach and enrollment tactics. Dr. Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, explained the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services and how to weave these standards into outreach. Speakers from Speakers from Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA) and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum addressed on-the-ground strategies for reaching children and parents. Check out the webinar here.
Delve deeper into what it means to tailor your organization’s outreach to be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate to the communities you serve. The APCA, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has developed a robust program for recruiting bilingual volunteers and training them to help families through the Medicaid and CHIP enrollment process. APCA helps volunteers understand how their work can have a positive impact on their community and keeps them motivated by providing ongoing recognition and small stipends.
Connecting Kids to Coverage Resources: Another tip for effective, culturally competent outreach is to translate and distribute materials in languages spoken within your community. The National Campaign offers a variety of materials – posters and palmcards – in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Portuguese, and Tagalog. These materials provide an easy-to-understand overview of Medicaid and CHIP – and direct families to enrollment resources. You can also customize these pieces with your organization’s logo and contact information at no cost.
New! Living Well Prevention Materials Now Available: A new set of outreach and educational materials focused on preventive health practices, called Living Well, was released last month. These materials are designed to help Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries understand the benefits available to them, emphasizing the importance of taking advantage of services like check-ups, vaccines and screenings that help prevent and detect diseases when they are most treatable. Living Well features ready-to-use, customizable posters, fact sheets, and social media posts for Facebook and Twitter, as well as tips for implementation. The Living Well materials are now available in the Outreach Tools section of Medicaid.gov.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Medicare and Medicaid! On July 30th, the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the law creating Medicare and Medicaid. To celebrate, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services recognized Medicaid’s contribution to the health and security of the most vulnerable Americans by posting daily highlights on Medicaid.gov for 50 days in a row. The posts feature policies that have advanced health coverage and care, share profiles of people who helped shape the program, and elevate Medicaid’s accomplishments and path forward. Be sure to check them out on Medicaid.gov.
3 Ways to Stay Connected with the National Campaign
- Share our materials widely. We have an ever-growing range of excellent resources available to use in outreach and enrollment efforts.
- Contact us to get more involved with the National Campaign at [email protected].
- Follow the Campaign on Twitter. Don’t forget to re-tweet or share our messages with your network or use our #Enroll365 hashtag in your posts.
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September 8, 2015
Kaiser Health News – Getting The Word Out: Obamacare Is For Native Americans Too
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) her entire life. The clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema – chronic problems, nothing urgent.
Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side. Her doctor recommended an MRI and other tests she couldn’t get through IHS. To pay for it, he urged her to sign up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
September 3, 2015
HHS takes next step in advancing health equity through the Affordable Care Act
Proposed rule implements new protections against sex discrimination; enhances language assistance; protects individuals with disabilities; and extends to insurers participating in Health Insurance Marketplaces
Washington, DC– Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health care. The proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, will assist some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination and will help provide those populations equal access to health care and health coverage.
September 2, 2015
HHS Secretary Burwell: Four Steps You Can Take To Be Prepared
Statement by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
At HHS, we work every day to keep the American people safe from health threats. But we need your help. This September, we need you to take action.
September is National Preparedness Month, and we’re asking Americans around the country to take the first steps to being prepared. That’s why our motto this month is, “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.”