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The Affordable Care Act and West Virginians Libraries West Virginia Library Commission Conference October 10, 2013. Today’s Presentation. Review the four major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Review the new enrollment process and who will be involved in enrollment

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The Affordable Care Act and West Virginians LibrariesWest Virginia Library Commission Conference October 10, 2013

today s presentation
Today’s Presentation
  • Review the four major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Review the new enrollment process and who will be involved in enrollment
  • Discuss how libraries can be involved in the enrollment process
aca has four main goals
ACA Has Four Main Goals
  • New regulations of the insurance industry
  • Renewed emphasis on prevention
  • Cost containment, particularly for Medicare
  • Expands health insuranceto virtually all Americans
health insurance coverage is expanded in two ways
Health Insurance Coverage Is Expanded In Two Ways
  • Medicaid is expanded to cover everyone under 138% of the federal poverty level who is under age 65.
  • New Health Insurance Marketplaces are created where subsidized, private insurance products are sold.
expanding health insurance
Expanding Health Insurance
  • The Medicaid expansion is projected to cover an estimated 133,500 low-income West Virginians.
  • Federal government pays almost all of the costs.
medicaid eligibility
Medicaid Eligibility
  • Income
  • Household size
  • US citizenship
  • State Residency
  • Under age 65

<138% of FPL

income eligibility for medicaid
Income Eligibility for Medicaid

138% applies to children over age one and adults. 155% applies to pregnant women and children under age one.

changes in chip
Changes in CHIP
  • With the increase in Medicaid eligibility, many children currently enrolled in CHIP will become Medicaid eligible and cannot remain on CHIP:
  • 10,800 CHIP kids transfer to Medicaid
  • 2,800 kids gain CHIP coverage under the new income eligibility rules
health insurance m arketplace
Health Insurance Marketplace
  • A marketplace allows consumers to compare and choose private health insurance policies that best suits their needs. Policies offered through a web site, 1-800 number, by mail or with personal assistance.
health insurance marketplace1
Health Insurance Marketplace
  • The marketplace is open to individuals who do not have employer sponsored health insurance and small businesses.
  • Significant tax credits for individuals between 100% and 400% of the FPL.
  • An estimated 99,000 West Virginians will qualify for premium tax credits in the exchange.
subsidy for family of 4 earning 50 000
Subsidy for family of 4 earning $50,000

Policy Cost = $789

Family Pays = $282

Govt. Subsidy = $507 (64%)

Additional assist with deductibles and copayments plus out-of-pocket maximum protection

fpl for cost sharing subsidies and premium subsidies
FPL for Cost Sharing Subsidies and Premium Subsidies

250% of the FPL level is the eligibility threshold for cost sharing reductions and 400% of the FPL is the threshold for premium assistance

health insurance marketplace2
Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield the only carrier to participate in 2014
  • They are offering 11 different plans: 4 gold plans; 3 silver and 3 bronze plans; and one catastrophic plan.
  • Two additional ones from BCBS nationally, but appear to be identical to state offered plans.
three levels of plan options in west virginia
Three Levels of Plan Options in West Virginia
  • Gold plan
    • Insurance company pays 80% of claims and consumers on average pay 20% of the claims.
  • Silver = 70/30
  • Bronze = 60/40
premiums in the various metal levels
Premiums in the Various Metal Levels
  • Premiums in a gold plan would be higher, while deductibles and copayments would be lower
  • Conversely, the premiums in a bronze plan will be lower, while the cost sharing would be higher
the marketplace and small businesses
The Marketplace and Small Businesses
  • Eligibility for the SHOP marketplace is 50 or fewer employees, about 42,000 West Virginia businesses employing 280,000 people.
  • Highmark is offering 4 plans in the SHOP Marketplace in 2014
the enrollment process
The Enrollment Process
  • Simplified enrollment for Medicare, CHIP and premium tax credits in the health insurance marketplace
    • One enrollment form
    • No face-to-face interviews
    • No paper documentation
    • No asset test
timelines
Timelines
  • Enrollment begins October 1, 2013
  • If someone enrolls by the 15th of the month, then coverage for Medicaid and qualified health plans begins the first day of the following month. Get people enrolled by December 15th.
  • If after the 16th on the month, coverage begins on the first day two months later.
how do we enroll all these people
How Do We Enroll All These People?
  • HHS will maintain a web site:

And a call center: 800-318-2596

  • Can also enroll through the mail
  • A number of entities will provide personal assistance

www.healthcare.gov

personal assistance
Personal Assistance
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Navigators
      • Advanced Patient Advocacy/Hospitals
      • WVU Healthy Starts
      • TSG Consulting
  • In-person assisters – 270
      • Maximus
      • Placed in DHHR and SHIP offices so far.
  • Community health center employees
  • Certified Application Counselors
  • DHHR Employees
how to find personal assistance
How to Find Personal Assistance
  • bewv.wvinsurance.gov: Click on Where Can I Find Local Help? Gives county level data
  • The national web site has ZIP code level data, but doesn’t filter information well. See

localhelp.healthcare.gov

community assisters
Community Assisters
  • Enroll uncomplicated cases, arrange for public education sessions, and connect the uninsured to navigators, in-person assisters, community health centers, etc.
  • WVAHC is providing mini grants, training and on-going technical support to develop community assisters.
community assisters are throughout the state
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • Eastern Panhandle
    • EPFC
    • Berkley County Health Department
    • Morgan County Starting Points
    • Mineral County FRN
    • Future Generations
community assisters are throughout the state1
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • North Central West Virginia
    • Tucker County FRN
    • Taylor County FRN
    • Milan Puskar Health Right
    • Lewis County FRN
community assisters are throughout the state2
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • Northern Panhandle
    • AIDS Task Force of the Upper Ohio Valley
    • Brooke County Health Department
    • Hancock County Health Department
    • Wheeling Health Right
community assisters are throughout the state3
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • Mid-Ohio Valley
    • Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg
    • Catholic Charities
    • Good Samaritan Clinic
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Corrections
community assisters are throughout the state4
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • Kanawha/Cabell
    • Covenant House
    • West Virginia Health Right
    • Marshall University (students)
    • Partnership of African American Churches
    • WV FREE
    • WV Healthy Kids and Family Coalition
community assisters are throughout the state5
Community Assisters Are Throughout the State
  • Southern West Virginia
    • Beckley Health Right
    • Big Creek People in Action (McDowell)
    • Christian Help of Mingo County
    • Community Connections
    • Greenbrier County Health Department
    • Nicholas County Starting Points
    • Raleigh County Community Action Program
    • SALS
community application counselors
Community Application Counselors
  • Library employees can be certified application counselors. Guidance on CAC is available at http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Regulations-and-Guidance/Downloads/CAC-guidance-7-12-2013.pdf
certified application counselors
Certified Application Counselors
  • Disadvantage: There is no federal or state funding for CAC.
  • Advantages: Eligibility is a web based training for 5 hours and pass a test.
  • Listed on HHS and OIC web sites as being certified.
how can libraries be involved
How Can Libraries Be Involved
  • Connect uninsured patrons to navigators, in-person assisters, community health centers, etc. so they can get covered.
  • Host enrollment sessions at your library.
how can libraries be involved1
How Can Libraries Be Involved
  • Post the names and contact information of navigators, in person assisters, community health centers, CAC, and community assisters in the library
how can libraries be involved2
How Can Libraries Be Involved
  • Display material that objectively explains the Affordable Care Act and the new enrollment process
  • Other suggestions?
opportunity
Opportunity
  • We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the lives of thousands of our friends and neighbors. I hope you will join WVAHC in this journey
  • We need…
contact information
Contact Information

Perry Bryant

perrybryant@sudddenlink.net

304-344-1673 (Office and Home)

304-533-7941 (Cell)

www.wvahc.org

web sites
Web Sites

www.wvahc.org

bewv.wvinsurance.gov

localhelp.healthcare.gov

www.healthcare.gov

www.marketplace.cms.gov

www.kff.org

www.enrollamerica.org