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Monthly Coalition Update

November 15, 2018

What's Inside

CKF News
Policy Updates
Outreach & Enrollment
What We're Reading 

This and previous updates are available on the CKF website, here.

Past Meeting

Notes from our September meeting are available here.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be November 16, 2018, from 9:00 to 10:30 at 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver CO 80203. See the agenda here.

CKF News

Reminder: How to Talk to Clients about Public Charge webinar today at 11:00
CKF is hosting a webinar today to help people who work directly with clients describe the impact of the proposed changes to public charge. If you still need to register, you can do so here. A recording of the webinar will be available on our Public Charge page here.

Policy Updates

HCPF Reminder and Clarification on Citizenship and Identity Verification Requirements
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) published a reminder in the October edition of At a Glance about a policy change, effective May 30, 2018, which updated the types of documents that may be submitted to verify citizenship and identity. Specifically, although originals and certified copies can still be submitted, other options are also available such as photocopies, faxes, scans, or other copies. If an original or certified copy is submitted, please continue to follow the policy and process to certify the original and return the document to the member. HCPF also provided the following resources:   Public Charge Proposed Rule – Comments Due Dec. 9
As CKF shared last month, the Trump administration proposed new regulations that make drastic changes to the current public charge test which is used to assess immigrants who are asking to enter the U.S. or who are asking to become Legal Permanent Residents. The federal government is taking public comments on the proposal until Dec. 9. If you or your organization are not sure how to tackle the comment process, use this step-by-step guide created by the Center for Health Progress, and use these sample comments created by Colorado Center on Law and Policy to create your own. CKF will share our draft organizational comments soon. CKF is posting resources about public charge here:
Proposed Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements
The Trump administration proposed another rule on Oct. 29 that could impact health coverage starting in 2020. The proposed rule would expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). An HRA currently allows employers to reimburse employees for out-of-pocket medical expenses. The proposed rule would expand the use of HRAs to allow employers to fund tax-exempted HRAs to help pay for workers’ individual health insurance premiums on or off health insurance marketplaces. Consumer advocates caution that it could lead to employers getting rid of their employer-sponsored health insurance in favor of offering HRAs. If the rule is finalized, it would go into effect for plan and tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. The proposed rule was published for a 60-day comment period on October 29, with the comment period closing December 28. Read more from Health Affairs here.

Outreach and Enrollment

Connect for Health Colorado New Eligibility System Tutorial
Connect for Health Colorado published a 30-minute tutorial video on how to use the New Eligibility System. View the tutorial here.
Connect for Health Colorado Working to Address High Call Volume
Call volume has been unexpectedly high to Connect for Health Colorado at the beginning of open enrollment. They are adding personnel and fine-tuning telephone technology to address the issues. 
Tips to help clients with a LEAP application
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps families, seniors, and individuals pay a portion of their home heating costs. The program is available from November to April, and people who need help paying heating costs can apply through PEAK. The Governor’s Office of Information Technology provided these tips to help assisters help people apply for LEAP via PEAK:
  • At the end of the application in PEAK, the applicant is given an opportunity to upload any verification attached to the submission. This is the only time the applicant can attach verification to their LEAP application in PEAK.
  • After the client submits the LEAP application, the applicant cannot make changes to the application or attach verifications through PEAK. Instead, the applicant will receive a letter from LEAP letting them know if additional information is needed.
  • The Tracking Number is given once the client hits “Submit” in PEAK. This is the only time the client will get their Tracking Number. If the client does not record or print out their Tracking Number at this time, they cannot go back in and find it.
  • Clients can also call 1.866.432.8435 (Heat Help Toll Free Number) for LEAP Program information or visit


Connect for Health Colorado: Talking About the “Public Charge” Policy Change 
Connect for Health Colorado created talking points about the proposed public charge rule change and also compiled several immigration law resources. The talking points and resources are available here.
Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator
The Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator provides estimates of health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in health insurance marketplaces. With this calculator, you can enter your income, age, and family size to estimate your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. Visit the calculator here.
Kaiser Family Foundation: Issue Brief Why Short-Term Plans have Lower Premiums
Because short-term plans can exclude people with pre-existing conditions, short-term health plans often have substantially lower premiums than plans that are compliant with regulations in the Affordable Care Act. This issue brief quantifies the effects of screening out people with pre-existing conditions on premium costs. Read the issue brief here.


Community Health Centers are Hiring Outreach and Enrollment Staff
Many Community Health Centers are hiring for outreach and enrollment positions. Visit the job board and select the “outreach and enrollment” category by clicking here.

Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Network Program Manager
This role provides leadership and management of the Assistance Network, which includes Assistance Site Designated Organizations and the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Program. See this and other Connect for Health Colorado listings here.

What We're Reading

Rapid re-housing can help end children’s homelessness – Urban Institute, Oct. 16, 2018
More U.S. Women Dying From Childbirth. How One State Bucks the Trend — PEW Stateline, Oct. 23, 2018
The View From Colorado: Discrimination, High-Priced Drugs, And Tough Questions For State Regulators – Health Affairs Blog, November 5, 2018
Colorado Covering Kids and Families (CKF) is a statewide, coalition-based project focused on increasing low-income Coloradans’ access to affordable health coverage. This monthly newsletter compiles what health coverage assisters need to know each month in one spot. 

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