Marketplaces Begin Sending Renewal Notices to 2014 Enrollees: On October 15, the Department of Health and Human Services started sending out notices to current enrollees in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) explaining how they can renew their coverage for 2015. The notices encourage FFM enrollees to return to the marketplace during the second open enrollment period (OE2) to review their options and pick a plan for 2015 that will best fit their needs and budget. On October 16, Enroll America also released a consumer-facing infographic breaking down the three simple steps consumers need to take to renew their coverage. OE2 runs from November 15 through February 15, 2015. Consumers have until December 15 to enroll in a plan for coverage starting January 1.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Awards Virginia $9.3 Million for Enrollment Assistance: On October 14, the governor of Virginia announced the commonwealth had received $9.3 million in federal awards to increase the amount of in-person assistance available to consumers. The funding is from an Exchange Establishment grant that is open to state-based and partnership marketplaces.The commonwealth will partner with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, a community health center association, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center, a federal Navigator grant awardee, to hire more than 100 additional assisters.
Update on California’s Data Matching Issues: In September 2014, Covered California, the state’s marketplace, sent out 148,000 notices to current enrollees requesting additional documentation on citizenship or immigration status to verify marketplace eligibility. Additional information was requested because of matching errors between consumers’ data and the data in Covered California’s system. On October 14 Covered California announced that it was able to resolve the vast majority of the data matching issues. About 10,000 enrollees, though, have not submitted the necessary documentation, and their plans will be cancelled if they do not take the additional steps to verify their eligibility with the marketplace. Affected consumers will receive pre-cancellation notices from Covered California, which explain how to verify eligibility and reinstate coverage. Individuals can visit this online FAQ for more information.