As we continue to move forward to October 1st, when individuals and families across the country can enroll in health insurance marketplaces, I wanted to share some resources with you that may be helpful to your congregants and community members. For information on how uninsured individuals and families can get health coverage, please call 1-800-318-2596 (which has speakers in English and Spanish, as well as 150 other languages to assist consumers). You can also go toHealthCare.gov or – if you speak Spanish – CuidadoDeSalud.gov for health coverage resources. Information to share with others on the health care law is at Marketplace.cms.gov.
I also hope you’ll be able to join us for one of the many webinars listed below. The topics range from “The Role of Faith Leaders in Suicide Prevention” to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities initiative to how to enroll in health insurance. These webinars will be hosted this month and are sponsored by the Partnership Center and our colleagues at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As always, please feel free to call us at 202-358-3595 or email us at Partnershipshhsgov (Partnershipshhsgov) to let us know how we can support your work.
Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Acting Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Affordable Care Act Update
New in-person assisters will soon be available to help consumers navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace. Navigator grants were awarded to 105 organizations across the country. These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as resources for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. Right now, you can support implementation by becoming a Champion for Coverage, by becoming a Certified Application Counselor (CAC), or by taking the CAC training courses. Learn more about both below.
Become a Champion for Coverage Organization
Become a “Champion for Coverage” and help make sure all Americans can get the health care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. National, state and local organizations can become Champions for Coverage.
To take advantage of the new, online Health Insurance Marketplace, millions of uninsured Americans need to know about it and sign up. We need help from the public and private sectors to let people know about these new health benefits and get them enrolled.
Ways your organization can be a Champion for Coverage:
1. Send your partners/members/customers to the official consumer sources to learn about the Marketplace and get coverage:
- 24/7 Consumer Call Center: 1-800-318-2596
- 24/7 Consumer Call Center: 1-800-318-2596
- 24/7 Consumer Call Center: 1-800-318-2596
2. Send an email to your network about the Marketplace.
3. Post the HealthCare.gov and/or CuidadoDeSalud.gov widget on your website.
5. Host a conference call, webinar, or another educational event about the Marketplace.
6. Include a story about the Marketplace in your organizational newsletter or other publication.
7. Record and send out a public service announcement about the Marketplace.
8. Have your staff/members learn about the Marketplace in educational sessions.
9. Connect with your partners/members/customers through official Marketplace social media channels to share their stories:
10. Provide space for enrollment sessions or fairs (ideally, with computers so people can check out the Marketplace online).
How can my organization become a “Champion for Coverage?” First, take action – post the Marketplace widget, send an email message, or more. If you’re interested in being publically recognized as an official “Champion for Coverage,” organization, fill out ouronline form. Once we get your information, we’ll follow up with you. If you have questions, send an email to href="championcmshhsgov" target="_blank">championcmshhsgov.
Certified Application Counselor Materials Available Online
CMS has posted Certified Application Counselor (CAC) training courses online here:http://marketplace.cms.gov/
CMS has received thousands of applications from organizations who want to become CACs. Everyone who has applied to become a CAC will be contacted. Organizations do not receive a confirmation email when they apply. The program is ongoing with new CACs announced regularly, even after October 1st. There is no deadline to become a CAC.
Faith-based and community organizations can help millions of Americans get enrolled in health insurance starting on October 1st. If your organization is interested in training your staff and volunteers to assist people in applying for health insurance coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (including a State Partnership Marketplace), you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization. CAC organizations provide services for free; there is no federal funding for CACs. To learn what kind of Marketplace is operating in your state, click here:https://www.healthcare.gov/
Applications are now available for interested organizations to complete athttp://marketplace.cms.gov/
New Toll-Free Telephone Numbers for Questions on the Health Care Law
There are now four toll-free telephone numbers to answer questions about the health care law.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) telephone number is available for small businesses with 50 or less employees. The telephone number is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: 1-800-706-7893, TTY: 1-800-706-7915
Webinar on the Role of Faith Leaders in Suicide Prevention
The HHS Partnership Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Faith Communities Task Force present a webinar for faith leaders who are often on the front line for people (and their families) dealing with spiritual, mental, or emotional distress or illness. Studies show that persons in need are more likely to go to a faith leader than a therapist, at least initially. Moreover, faith communities, through their traditions and teachings and also their commitment to care for one another, are resources for people (and their families) dealing with distress or illness. Local faith leaders are also often connected to wider community resources that can be of help. Therefore, faith leaders play an important role in addressing this preventable public health issue that affects the lives of millions of people each year. Over 38,000 suicides (2010) and one million suicide attempts (2009) create ripple effects among families, friends, co-workers, and communities.
This webinar will provide information that faith leaders need to know in suicide prevention (e.g. warning signs, how to help). It will also offer ways faith leaders can help educate their communities about suicide and mental health issues and provide support for persons whose loved ones have completed or attempted suicide. In addition, it will help faith leaders understand and strengthen the resources they have in their own faith tradition that promote mental and spiritual health and/or can help in suicide prevention.
Click here to register for this webinar. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Webinars on the Health Care Law
September – October 2013
The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.
To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at href="ACA101hhsgov" target="_blank">ACA101hhsgov if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. All webinars are one hour.
Please note that the first 1,000 people who join each webinar at the start time are able to attend. If there is significant interest in a webinar, we will do our best to schedule another session. If possible, please use your computer speakers to listen to the audio portion of the webinar.
September 10 at 4:00 pm ET
A presentation on the main provisions in the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions. Please send any questions tohref="ACA101hhsgov" target="_blank">ACA101hhsgov prior to September 10 at noon ET.
September 17 at 7:00 pm ET (special evening session)
This webinar is for those who help people make informed health coverage decisions. The webinar includes a detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), includes eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. This session covers many of the same topics as the Health Insurance Marketplace 101 session, but it is provided in more depth.
October 8 at 4:00 pm ET
Are you ready for the health care law, what some may know as Obamacare, health reform or the Affordable Care Act? We will explain the health care law, show you how to enroll in health insurance and answer your questions. Open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013 and ends onMarch 31, 2014. Health insurance will be available for every American as a result of the health care law. Please send any questions to href="ACA101hhsgov" target="_blank">ACA101hhsgov prior to October 8 at noon ET.
October 16 at 7:00 pm ET (special evening session)
Are you ready for the health care law, what some may know as Obamacare, health reform or the Affordable Care Act? We will explain the health care law, show you how to enroll in health insurance and answer your questions. Open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013 and ends onMarch 31, 2014. Health insurance will be available for every American as a result of the health care law. Please send any questions to href="ACA101hhsgov" target="_blank">ACA101hhsgov prior to October 16 at noon ET.
Webinar with CMS on Resources for Outreach and Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace
One of the most important accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act is the creation of the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”). Beginning October 1, 2013, millions of families, individuals, and small businesses will be able to find health insurance that fits their budgets and meets their needs through the Marketplace.
Please join us for a webinar with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). You will learn more about:
• How the new Marketplace will work
• The role of the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organizations to assist individuals with enrollment
• Where to find Marketplace resources
Q&A session to follow.
Click here to register for this webinar.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Upcoming We Can! webinars
Let’s Move Faith and Communities invites you to join us this fall for webinar trainings on the National Institutes of Health’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program. We Can! is a national education program designed to provide families, caregivers and communities the science-based tips, tools and strategies that they can use to help children eat right, move more and reduce screen time.
These webinar trainings equip faith and community leaders like you to use We Can! materials and resources to help families help children lead healthier lives. Each training focuses on one of the two core We Can! curricula:
- The Energize Our Families: Parent Program is a multiple-session curriculum designed to provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need, along with practical tools, to help families maintain a healthy weight. Specific topics include shopping for healthy food on a budget, controlling portion sizes, increasing physical activity in youth and reducing family screen time.
- Media-Smart Youth®: Eat, Think and Be Active! is an after-school program designed to help young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health and to help youth build media analysis and production skills. The program uses nutrition and physical activity examples to help youth think critically about how media influences the choices they make.
To register for a We Can! webinar, please click on one of the dates below or go to the Partnership Center’s website:
Webinars on “Energize Our Families: Parent Program”
Webinars on “Media-Smart Youth”
We look forward to seeing you on an upcoming We Can! webinar!
The Let’s Move Faith and Communities Team