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 Q:   Managed Long Term Services and Supports Starting July, 2016 managed care organizations will be responsible for coordinating long-term services and supports for people who live in a nursing facility or receive home and community-based services through a Medicaid waiver program. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates informs consumers about the change.

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 Q:   New Observation Status Rules Starting August 2016, hospitals are required to let people know if they are an outpatient on observation status. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates prepares patients for the changes.

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 Q:   Illinois Health Policy Update Get the latest with this April 2016 brief from Health & Disability Advocates.

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 Q:   Network Adequacy Analysis This December 2015 report from the Aids Foundation of Chicago analyzes Illinois silver-level Marketplace plans' coverage of HIV and the Hepatitis C Virus treatment. The trend has been for Marketplace plans to limit coverage of necessary treatments for this population.

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 Q:   Creative ACA Outreach This January 2016 blog post from Families USA gives strategies for enrolling the remaining uninsured, a group that is often hard to reach and unaware of available financial assistance.

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 Q:   Engaging African Americans In this January 2016 blog post for the Social Security Administration, a Minister details proven outreach and enrollment strategies with the Black community— a group which is still more likely to be uninsured.

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 Q:   Exceptions to the Individual Mandate This grid from Families USA lists out  exemptions to the requirement of having health insurance and how people can apply for them. The grid was updated in October 2015 and applies to the 2016 tax-filing season.

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 Q:   Food is Medicine This January 2016 fact sheet from the Shriver Center provides guidance to Enrollment Assisters looking to connect their clients with SNAP, formerly called food stamps.

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 Q:   The Front Lines of ACA Outreach This December 2015 toolkit from Enroll America helps hospitals and medical providers have conversations with patients about their health coverage options.

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 Q:   Help for the Helpers This November 2015 toolkit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for enrollment assisters shares online and technical assistance resources that can be used when helping consumers apply for health coverage. Enrollment assisters will also learn about the types of health insurance and the processes for enrolling in each.

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 Q:   Clues for the Trickiest Applications This November 2015 presentation from the National Immigration Law Center and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families explains eligibility rules and application processes for immigrants and their families.

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 Q:   ACEs, Bs and CCEs This December 2014 FAQ from the Illinois Department of Human Services details general enrollment and access to care procedures for consumers and providers in Medicaid managed care.

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 Q:   Staying in Touch with the State This tip sheet from Illinois Department of Human Services shares how health care providers can help Medicaid manage care consumers change their address. Medicaid recipients need to update their address so they receive important notices about their coverage.

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 Q:   My Health, My Voice This November 2015 guide from Raising Women's Voices is for newly insured women who have questions about how to use their health coverage.

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 Q:   Do New Health Delivery Models Really Deliver? This December 2015 report from Community Catalyst provides policy and operational recommendations that promote person-centered and coordinated care in dual-demonstration programs.

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