Our guest blogger today is Ted Henson, Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Outreach and Enrollment Project, with the latest updates and information for health centers as they get ready for Open Enrollment on November 15.
The Open Enrollment period to enroll in coverage for 2015 begins on November 15, 2014, and health centers that did not originally receive FY13 Outreach and Enrollment (O&E) supplemental funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently got some good news.
HRSA awarded supplemental funding for outreach and enrollment (O&E) work to 91 health centers in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The awards went to health centers that were newly funded in FY 2013 or FY 2014 and to health centers that had not previously received HRSA O&E supplemental funds.
These O&E funds will help health centers that were not funded previously to provide outreach to uninsured patients and communities and to enroll eligible patients and service area residents into affordable health insurance coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the state and federal health insurance exchanges.
Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP is year-round, but enrollment in insurance coverage through the exchanges is only possible between November 15, 2014 and February 15, 2014, notwithstanding any potential life changes that would qualify an individual in a special enrollment period.
For more information, refer to HRSA’s webpage on health center O&E Assistance.