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The Open Enrollment concert rocked!

The Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and other assisters throughout the state of Nebraska rocked Open Enrollment 5! The concert was executed smoothly with a nice balance of lights to complement the music. How many consumers enrolled? This year, 88,213 Nebraskans signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Why is this a big […]


Time to Rock Enrollments

          What does rock have to do with enrollments? Everything. Yes, everything. Hear me out. Background Here at HCAN, I have been rocking out to new information at the federal level and providing updates to the Certified Application Counselors (CACs) in a timely manner. Back in September, there was a 1½ […]

HCAN CEO addresses the Health Center Funding Cliff

Healthcare has dominated much of the political and public debate in the last twelve months.  Repeal, replace, subsidies, CSRs, who’s in and who’s out of the Marketplace, how many insurers are in a given county.  With the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill last week, there is one more attempt to fundamentally change how healthcare is […]


New Special Enrollment Confirmation Process Announced

On February 24, 2016, CMS announced a new Special Enrollment Confirmation Process. Once the new Special Enrollment Confirmation Process is implemented, all consumers applying through the most common HealthCare.gov special enrollment periods (SEPs) will be directed to submit documentation to verify their eligibly to use an SEP. CMS will then review the documents to ensure consumers […]

Tax Season Spotlight

NOTE: This version of the assister newsletter revises the Tax Season Spotlight where the hyperlinks to resources were initially defective. This tax season, the Marketplace and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have told consumers that they must have had Minimal Essential Coverage (MEC) to avoid paying the penalty for the 2015 benefit year. If a consumer […]

Coverage Gap SEP in Non-Medicaid Expansion States (Reminder)

Reminder: A consumer may qualify for the Medicaid Coverage Gap Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if the consumer: Resides in a non-Medicaid expansion state; Was previously ineligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) solely because of a household income below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); Was ineligible for Medicaid during that […]

Marketplace Updates: EDN Changes and Future OE Dates

NEW: Disqualifying Income Now Listed on Eligibility Determination Notices On April 1st, CMS updated the Marketplace Eligibility Determination Notice (EDN) sent to consumers who are found ineligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC), cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), Medicaid or CHIP. The notice will now include the household income that the Marketplace used to […]