Less Than One Month Left in Open Enrollment: Enrollment stakeholders are ramping up their outreach for the final weeks of the second open enrollment period (OE2) to reach key communities and accommodate an expected surge in sign-ups before the February 15 deadline. Most states’ deadlines to enroll in coverage starting February 1 have passed, and less than one month remains before the end of OE2 on February 15. Enroll America, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other partners are coordinating to host over 600 enrollment events with Spanish-language assistance before the end of OE2. In addition, in the days leading up to January 29, organizations across the country will host National Youth Enrollment Day events to reach young Americans.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Stepping Down: On January 16, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for CMS, announced she would resign effective at the end of February. Andy Slavitt, currently the CMS principal deputy administrator, will become acting administrator.
New Resources to Help Consumers During Tax Time: HHS continues to release tools and details to help marketplace enrollees prepare for the upcoming tax season.
- Form 1095-A: CMS released a new Frequently Asked Questions document for using the marketplace Form 1096-A at tax time. The 1095-A includes important information about marketplace enrollee’s coverage and financial help received in 2014. A sample Form 1095-A is available here, along with instructions posted here.
- Forms 8965 and 8962: A new section of HealthCare.gov offers tools for consumers who may need to claim an exemption from the fine or reconcile tax credits while filing taxes.
- Outreach Resources: In January, the Internal Revenue Service posted three customizable fact sheets for consumer outreach during tax time: Facts about the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision for Individuals and Families, Facts about the Premium Tax Credit for Individuals and Families, and Find Free Tax Preparation in Your Community.
- Automatic Re-Enrollment: HHS posted a Frequently Asked Questions page for 2014 enrollees who did not take action to renew their coverage and were automatically reenrolled for 2015.
- Model Assister Consent Forms in Spanish: CMS posted new model assister consent forms in Spanish for Certified Application Counselors and Navigators working in states with federally facilitated marketplaces.
- FFM: A total of 6.76 million Americans selected a new marketplace plan or where automatically renewed through HealthCare.gov, as of January 9.
- California: 228,766 marketplace plan selections by new consumers as of January 12.
- Colorado: 121,650 marketplace plan selections and 49,996 Medicaid/CHIP enrollments during OE2 as of January 15.
- Connecticut: 24,287 marketplace plan selections by new consumers and 83,749 Medicaid/CHIP enrollments during OE2 as of January 15.
- Maryland: A total of 91,137 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) and 78,325 Medicaid/CHIP enrollments during OE2 as of January 11.
- Massachusetts: 178,105 consumers determined eligible for marketplace plans and 175,331 Medicaid/CHIP enrollments in OE2 as of January 13.
- Rhode Island: A total of 27,690 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) in OE2 as of January 14.
- Vermont: 2,002 new marketplace plan enrollments (with effectuated coverage) and 5,037 new Medicaid/CHIP enrollments in OE2 as of January 12.
Note: The marketplaces report somewhat different metrics, and it is important to look at the original source to understand exactly what these enrollment numbers include.