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CMS Issues 2015 Final Call Letter – Reverses Planned Payment Cuts for Medicare Advantage Apr 09, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 rate announcement and final call letter for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs. The announcement sets a stable path for Medicare Advantage and implements a number of policies that ensure beneficiaries will continue to have access to a wide array of high quality, high value, and low cost options while making certain that plans are providing value to Medicare and taxpayers. READ MORE »
Medicaid Enrollment Grows by More than 3 Million Apr 04, 2014
Because of the Affordable Care Act, 7.1 million people have signed up for quality, affordable, private health insurance options in the Health Insurance Marketplace through March 31. And, according to a new CMS report released today, 3 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP through the end of February 2014 compared to enrollment before the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. READ MORE »
Obama Administration to Extend ACA 3/31/2014 Enrollment Deadline for Some Consumers Mar 26, 2014
Late Tuesday, 3/24/2014, the Obama administration announced that it will partially extend the ACA 3/31/2014 open enrollment deadline for some consumers. This special enrollment period is for people who have started the enrollment process but will be unable to enroll in coverage before the deadline due to technical difficulties. Individuals will be required to verify that they tried to enroll before 3/31/2014 to qualify for an extension. Below is a consumer fact sheet from CMS explaining how to qualify for special enrollment. A link to the fact sheet has also been provided. READ MORE »