Affordable Care Act Outreach

OE8 Blog Posts

On March 24, 2021, AAHD conducted a webinar entitled “COVID SEP – How is it different?” The slides for that webinar are now available and a video recording will be made available on our YouTube channel soon.

On January 28, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a new COVID Special Enrollment Period (SEP) which began on February 15. Initially, it was intended to run through May 15, but it has since been extended until August 15, 2021. You can read more about the original announcement for the COVID SEP in our NDNRC news item and you can read about the extended deadline in this NDNRC news item.

Open Enrollment Year 8 (OE8) started November 1 and runs through December 15, 2020. Throughout OE8, we are posting in the blog on our NDNRC website about health insurance enrollment for people with disabilities and related topics. The links for those blog posts are as follows:

In the past, we have also posted blogs on What ACA Coverage Means for People with Disabilities and last spring we did a series of blog posts leading up to the 10 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and highlighting the benefits of the ACA.

AAHD Continues Collaboration with Community Catalyst Outreach Project

AAHD is excited to announce that we are continuing to join Community Catalyst and other partners in this year’s outreach project for Open Enrollment Year 8 (OE8) to educate individuals about enrolling for health insurance for 2021. Community Catalyst, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is serving as the national coordinating organization for an effort to spread awareness about the open enrollment period, from November 1st to December 15th. We will also spread awareness about health insurance literacy and special enrollment periods. Through this project, Community Catalyst will:

  • Create plain-language consumer-facing materials advertising the upcoming open enrollment period and special enrollment period. Materials will emphasize key messages around financial assistance, in-person help and the shortened open enrollment period. Materials will also include information consumers will need to enroll, benefits of health coverage and enrollment considerations for populations like immigrants.
  • Partner with national organizations to disseminate the materials and raise awareness.
  • Target key populations who may be eligible for marketplace coverage including people with disabilities, young adults, immigrant communities, persons of color and persons who identify as LGBTQ.

Images (like the one below) and materials to assist with open enrollment can be found in this online drive.

AAHD Continues to Support CACH Project with CBPP

The American Association on Health and Disability (the lead partner for the NDNRC) is happy to announce that we are again joining a new project which is being funded by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project, called the Consumer Assistance Coordination Hub (CACH), will support individuals and groups that provide enrollment assistance. Through this project, CBPP and its partners will:

  • Provide resources and trainings on Marketplace and Medicaid policies and application processes, including how to maximize efforts during the shortened open enrollment period;
  • Monitor Marketplace processes and other external events that affect enrollment to ensure that enrollment assistance groups can rapidly respond to changes; and
  • Answer policy and application process questions.

The national and local partners in CACH will allow CBPP to expand the training and other resources it provides through Beyond the Basics and provide in-depth information about specific topics such as state-specific Marketplace plan selection, eligibility and enrollment processes for people with disabilities and how to support families that include immigrants navigate concerns when enrolling. For a full list of webinar topics covered by the Health Reform: Beyond the Basics webinar series, check out the news item on our NDNRC website.