Affordable Care Act Website of the Week: February 17-21, 2014


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Affordable Care Act Website of the Week: February 17-21, 2014


FamiliesUSA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that advocates for access to affordable health insurance for all Americans and produces studies and related information on best practices in health care delivery and financing. The website contains current news and information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For example, recently posted information has included:
  • The ability of children to obtain health insurance coverage. Most ACA coverage expansion information has focused on adults, but housing and service providers serving homeless families, or people living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities with children in the household, should also be aware of coverage expansion options for children.
  • The roles and resources of Community Health Centers in reaching out to and assisting to enroll uninsured people into either Medicaid or affordable commercial health insurance.
  • A Navigators and In-Person Assisters Resource Center that provides information about: state enrollment assistance programs; the different types of assisters; links to federal regulations and guidance on standards for enrollment assisters; training tools and resources for assisters; and FAQs about how to enroll in health insurance.
The website also has an Infographics section that currently features easy to use graphics on tax credits to make health insurance affordable for people with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.

For more information, please visit HUD's OneCPD Affordable Care Act website.

Reminder:
  • Every state has a Health Insurance Marketplace that functions as a portal to health coverage.
     
  • Some states have elected to operate their own Marketplace, others to be served by a Marketplace operated by the federal government, and still others to share some responsibilities in partnership with the federal Marketplace.
     
  • The Marketplaces are intended to facilitate access to affordable healthcare coverage for people with incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL) in every state (even in those that have elected not to expand Medicaid coverage to people with incomes below 138% of the FPL).
     
  • In addition, in all states people who are currently eligible for the legacy Medicaid program can be identified and referred for Medicaid enrollment by the Marketplace, without regard to the states’ decisions about Medicaid coverage expansion.
     
  • The federal government is funding specialized outreach and enrollment assistance in every state.
*Because of possible new insurance options, and the increase in access to enrollment for many clients, it is essential that housing and services providers use the information available on websites such as http://www.enrollamerica.org to familiarize themselves with the Health Marketplace options in their state, and develop a plan to assist their constituents to obtain Medicaid or affordable health insurance coverage.


New Videos Show Safety Net Health Plan Innovations to Connect Members to Housing and to Improve Health Outcomes


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New Videos Show Safety Net Health Plan Innovations to Connect Members to Housing and to Improve Health Outcomes


The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) recently released a housing installment of their Understanding Medicaid Managed Care series. The installment focuses on the challenges faced by many of the most vulnerable Americans, especially those without stable housing, and the considerable efforts of health plans to help address these challenges.
The videos provide real-life examples of efforts undertaken by two Safety Net Health Plans — the Metropolitan Health Plan of Minnesota and the UPMC for You of Pittsburgh — to provide better health care at a lower cost to some of their highest-need members by connecting them to stable housing.
For homeless patients who frequently visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital, a connection to stable housing can have a profound influence for the better on a patient's health, and at the same time can contain costs by preventing costly, avoidable hospital visits. Safety Net Health Plans and other Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) can innovate and provide “outside-the-box” solutions that lead to better health for the most vulnerable individuals, while at the same time making wise, efficient use of limited health care resources.
For more information, please watch the videos and visit HUD’s OneCPD Affordable Care Act website.
Reminder:
  • Every state has a Health Insurance Marketplace that functions as a portal to health coverage.
     
  • Some states have elected to operate their own Marketplace, others to be served by a Marketplace operated by the federal government, and still others to share some responsibilities in partnership with the federal Marketplace.
     
  • The Marketplaces are intended to facilitate access to affordable healthcare coverage for people with incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL) in every state (even in those that have elected not to expand Medicaid coverage to people with incomes below 138% of the FPL).
     
  • In addition, in all states people who are currently eligible for the legacy Medicaid program can be identified and referred for Medicaid enrollment by the Marketplace, without regard to the states’ decisions about Medicaid coverage expansion.
     
  • The federal government is funding specialized outreach and enrollment assistance in every state.
*Because of possible new insurance options, and the increase in access to enrollment for many clients, it is essential that housing and services providers use the information available on websites such as http://www.enrollamerica.org to familiarize themselves with the Health Marketplace options in their state, and develop a plan to assist their constituents to obtain Medicaid or affordable health insurance coverage.



The 2014 National Family and Youth Conference Begins Today!








February 18, 2014    

ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro


Spotlight On...
The 2014 National Family and Youth Conference Begins Today!


The Alliance is looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans today, Tuesday, February 18, at our 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. We encourage the more than 800 of you who are attending to share your conference experiences through our online presence. Keep up with the Alliance on the Alliance blog, Ending Homelessness Today
, the Alliance Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter, and tweet about your conference experience using the conference hashtag #NAEH14.
The Never Another Homeless Veteran Campaign
We would also like to invite you to join the Alliance's Never Another Homeless Veteran Campaign by adding your name to the thousands of others who have signed the statement and shown their support for the fight to end veteran homelessness. During the conference be sure to Tweet about veteran homelessness using the campaign hashtag #neveranotherhomelessvet.
Conference Reception Details
The Meet and Mingle reception for the Conference attendees will take place at the Louisiana State Presbytere Museum tonight from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Space is limited and advanced registration was recommended for this event. However, space may still be available. To see about registering to attend during the Conference, please inquire about availability at the registration desk.







President to Raise Debt Ceiling
The President is expected to sign a bill that would raise the debt ceiling into law prior to February 27, the date at which the nation is expected to exceed the debt limit. The bill passed through the House and Senate last week.
Congress Departs for President's Day Recess
Last Thursday, February 13, the House departed for recess so that House Democrats could hold an issues retreat. Both chambers of Congress are currently on recess for the President's Day holiday. The Senate is expected to return on Monday, February 24, while the House is expected to return Tuesday, February 25.
As part of the Alliance's Never Another Homeless Veteran Campaign, we have put together this Frequently Asked Questions resource that answers some fundamental questions about the fight to end veteran homelessness. If you want to join the fight, please add your name to the Alliance's Never Another Homelessness Veteran statement.
Here are the 5 Most Common Misconceptions about PIT Count Estimates
By Sam Batko
In case you missed it last week, the Alliance recently released this media resource, which is meant to help journalists writing stories about the release of Point-in-Time Count numbers. It covers some common misconceptions that we have identified as appearing news stories over and over again.
We're Having a Conversion Conversation in New Orleans
By Kay Moshier McDivitt
If you are attending our conference and you are a provider of traditional transitional housing in the process of converting to a new model of service, this conversation is for you. In this post, we look at the "Conversion Conversation," which will take place at the Conference on Wednesday morning, February 19, at 8 a.m.









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Technical Assistance Opportunity: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) TA Project


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Technical Assistance Opportunity: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) TA Project


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Continuums of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.

SAMHSA’s SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs -- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -- for persons who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and who have a mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition. Currently, all 50 states participate in the federally sponsored SOAR technical assistance (TA).

CoCs are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) to participate in the SOAR TA Project by March 10, 2014. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by February 21. Refer to the RFA and the documents referred to in the RFA on the OneCPD Resource Exchange.

Participation in SOAR requires local commitment and collaboration while working closely with the SOAR State Team Lead to ensure that the effort is consistent with that of other communities in the state. In many states, the local and/or balance of state CoCs are actively involved in SOAR implementation at both the state and local levels. Some examples include:
  • Northwest Indiana – The Continuum of Care Network in Northwest Indiana is spearheading the area’s SOAR initiative and has formed key task forces to assist them in accomplishing their objectives and goals of developing a system to assist the most vulnerable populations acquire benefits that will assist them in the reduction of homelessness and poverty.
     
  • New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas – In each of these states, the organization responsible for the Balance of State CoC is also the lead agency for the state’s SOAR efforts.
     
  • Phoenix, Arizona – Valley of the Sun United Way and the Corporation for Supportive Housing have established an infrastructure for SOAR within the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness. The CoC lead, Brande Mead, Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, AZ is a key member of the local SOAR steering committee.
     
  • St. Louis, Missouri – The CoC is heavily involved with the rollout of SOAR in their community. The CoC lead also serves as the local lead for the SOAR initiative, organizing and conducting quarterly meetings, supporting trainings and ensuring follow up with those who have been trained.
     
  • Bakersfield, California – View the incredible journey of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative.