Save the date: 205 Nebraska Cancer Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Lincoln from 8am-3pm

Mark your calendar today for the 2015 Nebraska Cancer Summit which will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Lincoln!  The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature three keynote sessions, six breakouts, a networking lunch and more.  We are especially pleased to have Dr. Richard Wender, MD as one of our keynote speakers.  Dr. Wender is the Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society and will be discussing the 20% by 2018 colon cancer screening initiative.  A few additional topics that will be addressed at this year’s Summit include nutrition, cancer screening, tanning hazards, medication adherence and  survivorship care planning. You won’t want to miss this opportunity for learning and networking!  Registration details will be emailed very soon.

Treating Chronic Pain while Managing Risk webinar on Wed., Feb. 25 at 11am CT (10am MT), Part 2 on April 1, 2015

A UW/COPE Program on How to Safely Prescribe Opioids Free! Online Continuing Medical Education

This live virtual learning series is a comprehensive continuing medical education program designed to help clinicians safely and confidently manage patients with chronic pain while mitigating risk. The virtual series consists of four 1-hour live interactive video presentations led by renowned pain specialists from the University of Washington Medical Center.

Join us for part one on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM PT andpart twoon Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which patients may benefit from opioid therapy
  • Know when to start, stop and modify dosing
  • Safely and confidently manage patients with chronic pain
  • Review safe prescribing practices and general drug information

REGISTER Today – It’s free to join. www.PainCareLive.com

New Healthcare.gov content on What’s Included as Income for the Application Process

New information has been added to Healthcare.gov providing clarification about gross vs. net income and how to determine modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) when applying for premium tax credits. This information is available by clicking on the “Gross or net income?” question located on the What’s included as income page

New Information on Healthcare.gov addresses canceling Marketplace Plans when eligible for other coverage

The December 19, 2014 assister webinar included a presentation about how assisters can help newly Medicaid-eligible consumers terminate QHPs. This guidance was included in the December 23, 2014 assister newsletter, and you can find it here online; you can also find the slides from the assister webinar online here. We included responses to questions assisters submitted during the webinar in our January 6, 2015 newsletter. Recently, new, consumer-friendly information has been added to HealthCare.gov that also addresses this issue – click here to view this new content.

Weekly Enrollment Update – Week 11: Includes State and Local Area-Specific Data

Since Open Enrollment began on November 15, 2014 nearly 7.5 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the HealthCare.gov platform, which includes the Federally- facilitated Marketplace (FFM), State Partnership Marketplaces and supported State-Based Marketplaces. This week’s snapshot includes state-by-state data and, for the first time, a look at plan selection by specific Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Click here to view the full update.

CMS Releases 2015 FPL Guidelines

Last week, CMS released a bulletin regarding the 2015 updates to the federal poverty level (FPLs) guidelines. These 2015 guidelines reflect the 1.6 percent price increase between calendar years 2013 and 2014. The FFM will begin using the 2015 FPLs for Medicaid and CHIP eligibility on February 1, 2015; eligibility for APTC and CSR will continue to be determined using 2014 FPLs for any APTC and CSR for enrollment that is effective in 2015.

Updates on Helping Marketplace Consumers Avoid Phishing Scam and Improved Privacy Protection for the Marketplace Window Shopping Tool

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has reported an email phishing scam targeted at Marketplace consumers. The phishing emails claim to come from a U.S. Federal Government Agency and reference the ACA in the subject line. All official Marketplace emails are from Marketplace@HealthCare.gov.

If any of the consumers with whom you work get this phishing email or any email you are not sure is legitimate, advise them to delete it immediately or ignore it. Below are additional tips that will better equip the individuals and families with whom you work; click here to view this information on HealthCare.gov.

  • Don’t follow the links or download attachments in the email. You can get to our website directly by typing in HealthCare.gov into your web browser.
  • Don’t provide any personal information this email might ask for. We’ll never ask for personal information like your username, password, Social Security Number, or bank account numbers by email.
  • Make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date.
  • Get additional tips to protect against phishing scams using this link.

In an effort to better protect consumers’ privacy and improve third-party functionality, HHS has announced that a layer of encryption will be added to the Marketplace Window Shopping tool. The Window Shopping tool is an online calculator which allows a consumer to get an estimate of the cost of a policy by entering a zip code, income, age, and checking a box indicating whether the consumer is a smoker, a parent, or pregnant. Previously, when consumers got their results, the tool created a URL that included the data entered in the calculator. This URL is now encrypted and helps prevent third parties from viewing the data that the consumer entered.

Consumers with 100% of FPL can now get APTC

Some consumers with projected annual incomes at exactly 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and who were not Medicaid or CHIP eligible were incorrectly found ineligible for APTC and CSRs by the Marketplace. This issue has been resolved, and consumers who experienced this issue can now return to their HealthCare.gov Accounts, report a life change, and then submit their applications to be found eligible for APTC and CSRs.