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May 8, 2014

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace totals over 8 million people

More than 4.8 million additional Medicaid/CHIP enrollments

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as people enrolling due to a change in life circumstance) reported through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Importantly, 2.2 million (28 percent) of those who selected a Marketplace plan were young adults ages 18 to 34 — a number that grows to 2.7 million when counting ages 0 to 34, the report found. The report also shows, for the first time, the race and ethnicity of the 69 percent of enrollees in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces who voluntarily reported this information.

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April 29, 2014

NIHB Webinar: “Affordable Care Act Enrollment Strategies Beyond March 31st” – Friday, May 2, 2014

Mark your calendars for this Friday, May 2 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time for a webinar on the “Affordable Care Act Enrollment Strategies Beyond March 31st.”  Topics will include: hosting an enrollment event; partnering with entities, such as Tribal Colleges and Universities; media and volunteer opportunities; and evaluating your outreach.

Webinar Details:
Title: “ACA Enrollment Strategies Beyond March 31st”
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

How to Join the Webinar:
Meeting link: https://nihb.webex.com/nihb/j.php?J=733494638
Meeting number: 733 494 638
Meeting password: NationalIHB

How to Join by Audio Conference:
Call-in #: 1-877-668-4493
Access code: 733 494 638

For more information, contact April Hale [email protected] or 202-507-4077.



April 14, 2014

7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

Today, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans signed up for affordable health care through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, which ended on March 31.

The number, initially announced during Press Secretary Jay Carney’s briefing, means that millions of Americans across the country now have access to quality, affordable care.

Read Full article at whitehouse.gov



April 14, 2014

Medicaid Enrollment Grows By More Than 3 Million

From hhs.gov
Posted April 4, 2014
By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Because of the Affordable Care Act, 7.1 million people have signed up for quality, affordable, private health insurance options in the Health Insurance Marketplace through March 31. And, according to a new CMS report released today, 3 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP through the end of February 2014 compared to enrollment before the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. Enrollment in states that adopted the Medicaid coverage expansion increased five-fold compared to states that are not expanding Medicaid. We expect enrollment in March to be even higher, although individuals can continue to enroll in Medicaid all year round. Eligibility determinations also continued to grow: between October 2013 and February 2014, 11.7 million people were determined eligible for Medicaid and CHIP by state agencies, up from 8.9 million reported last month for the October – January period.

The Affordable Care Act provides states with new opportunities to expand their Medicaid programs to increase access to affordable coverage. In states that expand coverage, most individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($15,521 for an individual and $31,721 for a family of four) will be eligible for Medicaid coverage. To date, 26 states and D.C. have expanded their Medicaid programs.

States that have expanded Medicaid saw a much more dramatic increase in Medicaid enrollment than states that have not. According to today’s report, among states that adopted the Medicaid coverage expansion and whose expansions were in effect in February, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment rose by 8.3 percent compared to the months prior to Marketplace open enrollment period. States that have not expanded Medicaid coverage reported an increase in Medicaid enrollment of 1.6 percent over the same period.

There’s no deadline for states to expand, so we’re going to keep working with the remaining states as they decide to come on board. Not only is expanding Medicaid coverage helping many people gain health coverage, it’s a good deal for states: Coverage for newly eligible adult beneficiaries is fully federally paid for under the Affordable Care Act for the first three years, and never less than 90 percent for the years following. Expanding coverage reduces hospitals’ uncompensated care, lowers “cost shifting” to businesses that see higher health insurance premiums as some of the costs of caring for the uninsured are passed on to them, and strengthens local economies.

The increase in Medicaid enrollments across the country is encouraging, but more work is left to do to ensure that the millions of uninsured Americans eligible for these programs gain coverage. Medicaid does not have a set enrollment period so people may be determined eligible for coverage at any time.

To read today’s report visit: http://www.medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014/Downloads/February-2014-Enrollment-Report.pdf



April 6, 2014

Native American Leaders Promote Affordable Care Act in National Indian Health Board Video

BILLINGS, Mont.–April 3, 2014–During its full day of free Affordable Care Act training for Tribes, today in Billings, MT, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) launched a media campaign featuring American Indian elders. The launch was marked by the national debut of a public service announcement (PSA) for American Indian and Alaska Native elders highlighting how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) improves the health care for Native elders…

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