Monday, July 1, 2013

Health Reform Resource Update

Over the last few days I have come across a few health reform resources I thought worth sharing. This post is one of a series of blog posts about health reform and the Affordable Care Act. You can read see all the previous posts by clicking on the label "ACA" at the bottom of this post.

Want to learn more about the insurance marketplaces and what options are available to you or your clients? The first place you should go is healthcare.gov, the federal website set up to share information about insurance eligibility and enrollment. You can also call 1-800-318-2596 or TTY/TDD 1-855-889-4325 for more information about buying health insurance through the state marketplaces. Enrollment will begin October 1, 2013, but you can call and get your questions answered today. Translation and interpretation services available in 150 languages over the phone.

This report from Mathematica provides an in depth look into how the ACA impacts the Ryan White program and Ryan White clients. The report was released in November 2012, but still offers valuable insight and recommendations to Ryan White grantees and providers. 

This issue brief describes the essential health benefits (EHB) and how they impact people living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. Four of the EHBs are highlighted: preventative services, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse services, and chronic care management.

A new fact sheet from NASHP (National Academy for State Health Policy) offers action steps and advice to safety net providers to expand billing options. This fact sheet will be a good companion to my policy updates for providers: here and here.

As I type Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a briefing on Medicaid Managed Care in the Era of Health Reform. The video should be available this week.

Everyday there are new resources for helping us navigate the new landscape of health reform. I'll keep sharing what I find useful. Please share questions, comments and links in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Nicole Johns is a senior health planner at the Office of HIV Planning. You can also find her on Google+.

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