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Coalition Update
March 22, 2018

Hello <<First Name>>, 
 
Colorado Covering Kids and Families (CKF) November, 2017 Coalition Update is now available on the CKF website, and below. To see previous coalition updates, click here.

In this issue you will find:                                                              
CKF News
March Coalition Meeting
CKF Meeting Time Changing to Third Fridays

 
Policy Updates
Connect for Health Colorado’s New Eligibility System
Connect for Health Colorado’s New Address
Colorado Insurance Commissioner Expresses Concerns on Proposal for Association Health Plans
Where does DACA stand?


Outreach and Enrollment
PEAK Technical Support Center
 
Resources
The Colorado Health Foundation Unveils Updated Strategic Vision and Focus Areas
Connect for Health Colorado’s End of Open Enrollment Report
Human Services Map Shows Gaps in Basic Needs
New Food Assistance Benefit Calculator
ACC Phase II Key Concepts
Updated County Health Rankings Released


Upcoming Calls, Trainings, and Events
DHS Health Navigator Training
DHS Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
HCPF Webinars on ACC Phase II Changes
Symposium Unplugged: Poverty’s Impact on Colorado’s Health


Jobs
CCHI Hiring a Health Insurance Consumer Advocacy Program Manager
 
What We’re Reading
Our Children’s Fears: Immigration Policy’s Effects on Young Children
Amazon Offers Prime Discount for Medicaid Recipients
CKF News
March Coalition Meeting
Click
here to listen to a recording of the meeting, and here
to review the meeting notes. 

CKF Meeting Time Changing to Third Fridays
The CKF Coalition meetings will now be held on the third Friday of every month from 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m. The next CKF Coalition meeting will take place on Friday, April 20, 2018.


Policy Updates
Connect for Health Colorado’s New Eligibility System
Connect for Health Colorado recently announced that they are developing a new eligibility system. The new system will create a path for accessing financial assistance through the marketplace, outside of the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) or PEAK. Connect for Health Colorado predicts that the new system will lead to an increase in Connect for Health Colorado enrollments, and increased utilization of financial assistance. They are working closely with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and the Governor’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) to ensure pathways are in place for customers to the right program regardless of whether they begin at Connect for Health Colorado’s site, PEAK. The new eligibility system will be in place for the next Open Enrollment Period and Connect for Health Colorado will provide regular updates to prepare stakeholders for this change. Click
here to review the press release, and here to review a fact sheet about the new eligibility system. CKF will continue to monitor this progress, and provide updates to coalition members.

 
Connect for Health Colorado’s New Address
Connect for Health Colorado is moving to a new office on April 1, 2018. Their new address is 4600 S. Ulster St., Suite 300, Denver.
 

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Expresses Concerns on Proposal for Association Health Plans
Early this month, Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner submitted official comments on a federal proposed rule about Association Health Plans (AHPs). The rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor, would broaden the ability of employers to unite as associations to offer health insurance. The commissioner’s comments expressed concerns about AHPs being exempt from certain state insurance requirements, and urged the Department to clarify states’ regulatory authority over AHPs.
Click here to read the Commissioner’s comment letter, and here to review the proposed rule. 
 
Where does DACA stand?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established in 2012 and granted eligible individuals who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 with a temporary, renewable two-year work permit and protection from deportation. In September 2017, the federal government announced that it was ending DACA on March 5, 2018 and stopped accepting new applications. The administration’s efforts to end the program were disrupted in January 2018 when a federal court issued a temporary order blocking the termination of DACA. This order means that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could begin accepting and processing applications again. Congress was not able to negotiate DACA’s renewal by March 5, but this does not currently prevent USCIS from processing applications. It is unclear how long this window to apply for renewals will remain open. Click
here to read an overview by Informed Immigrant, and here to access their resources for individuals and service providers. Additional resources on DACA are also available from the National Immigration Law Center, here.

Outreach and Enrollment
PEAK Technical Support Center  
The PEAK Technical Support Center offers support to clients and assisters who are experiencing technical difficulties with the PEAK website including password resets. Users can contact the support call center at 1-800-250-7741, or message the help desk at
CBMS.Help@state.co.us. Click here
to learn more about the PEAK Technical Support Center.
 

Resources
The Colorado Health Foundation Unveils Updated Strategic Vision and Focus Areas
The Colorado Health Foundation shared its updated framework focused on strengthening bodies, minds, and communities in the fight for health equity. With the refreshed vision, the Foundation shared the three cornerstones which ensure that each opportunity they engage in has the intended impact. Along with these cornerstones, the Foundation offers four refreshed focus areas which include maintaining healthy bodies, nurturing healthy minds, strengthening community health, and championing health equity. See more on the cornerstones
here, and the refreshed focus areas here. The Foundation also created a FAQ on the updated strategy here.
 
Connect for Health Colorado’s End of Open Enrollment Report
Connect for Health Colorado recently published their annual Open Enrollment Report for plan year 2018. The report highlights customers’ increased utilization of assisters, brokers, and financial assistance from the previous open enrollment period. Connect for Health Colorado’s report also describes improvements in customer satisfaction rates. Click
here to learn more about the successes and challenges identified during open enrollment. 

 
Human Services Map Shows Gaps in Basic Needs
Human service programs ensure that Coloradans’ basic needs are met by providing access to essentials such as food, health care, child care, and financial assistance. While these services are available throughout the state, access to these programs varies by county. The Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) and Hunger Free Colorado used county enrollment data to create a visual representation of these discrepancies, called the Gap Map. This tool is meant to spark conversations about strategies that can be used to close gaps in enrollment and improve the efficiency of Colorado’s limited resources. Click
here to view the Gap Map.
 
New Food Assistance Benefit Calculator
A new tool is available to help Coloradans estimate how much monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit they may be eligible for. Developed by CCLP and Hunger Free Colorado as part of the Human Services Gap Map, the new tool asks fewer questions than the full SNAP application and provides an estimate of the amount of SNAP benefits the household may be eligible for if they apply. Access the new tool
here.
 
ACC Phase II Key Concepts
Have you been wondering what the goals are for the second phase of the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC)? HCPF published a fact sheet that outlines the key concepts that will be used to help improve Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) members’ health, and the efficiency of their care during phase two. Click
here to review the key concepts that inform this effort.
 
Updated County Health Rankings Released
Through a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the annual County Health Rankings provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by region. Colorado’s county health ranking report is available
here. The Colorado Health Institute is also analyzing the county health ranking data and publishing a series of blog posts examining the data from the rankings. Read CHI’s first blog post in the series here.


Upcoming Calls, Trainings, and Events
DHS Health Navigator Training
Denver Human Services (DHS) offers a navigator training for community partners. The navigator training includes an overview of the programs DHS offers, including food assistance, basic eligibility for Health First Colorado and cash programs, energy assistance, child support, childcare assistance program, PEAK, and a brief overview of the ACA. For more information and to register, please contact Kathy Crusan-Ford, Agency Trainer for SNAP Into Health, at
Kathleen.Crusan-Ford@denvergov.org. The upcoming trainings will be held in Denver:
  • Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1056.
  • Friday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1019.
  • Wednesday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1056.
  • Friday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1019.
HCPF Webinars on ACC Phase II Changes
The ACC will be entering its next iteration (Phase II) beginning July 1, 2018. With the next phase, HCPF is hosting and recording several webinars with corresponding fact sheets. Please visit the HCPF ACC Phase II website,
here, to access these recorded and upcoming webinars:
  • Key Concepts
  • Implementation Process Overview
  • Provider Contracting (What Providers Need to Know)
  • Attribution
  • Behavioral Health Services in the Primary Care Setting
  • Performance Management
Symposium Unplugged: Poverty’s Impact on Colorado’s Health
The Colorado Health Foundation is hosting an event that examines the impact of poverty on individuals’ and families’ health in Colorado. Poverty impacts all aspects of individuals’ health and well-being, including access to health care. During Symposium Unplugged: Poverty’s Impact on Colorado’s Health, the Foundation will highlight how poverty acts as a barrier to Coloradans’ health and wellness needs. Click
here to register.
  • Thursday, April 26 from 9:00a.m.- 3:15p.m., The Abbey, 2951 East US Highway 50, Cañon City
Jobs                                                                                                   
CCHI Hiring a Health Insurance Consumer Advocacy Program Manager                 
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) is hiring a Health Insurance Consumer Advocacy Program Manager. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018. Learn more and apply
here.


What We're Reading
Our Children's Fears: Immigration Policy's Effects on Young Children                          
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a study about the impact of the current administration's immigration policy priorities on children and families. The study found that anxiety related to immigration policy reform is impacting children's development, and access to services. Click 
here
 to learn more about how these priorities are impacting children and families. 

Amazon Offers Prime Discount for Medicaid Recipients
Amazon has begun offering Medicaid recipients a discount for their subscription to Amazon Prime. The company now allows Medicaid recipients to pay $5.99 a month for their subscription, while other subscribers pay $12.99 a month for the same plan. A subscription to Amazon Prime includes free two-day shipping, video streaming, and music streaming services. This discount program may be especially helpful for Medicaid recipients with limited mobility since many currently rely on Amazon to deliver essential items. Click
here to learn more about the discount.
Contact CKF Staff:

Stephanie Brooks, Senior Project Manager
sbrooks@cchn.org, 303-867-9529

Liz Tansey, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator
ltansey@cchn.org, 303-867-9527

Cam Goldstein, Policy and Communications Coordinator 
cam@cchn.org, 303-867-9555

Contact Cam Goldstein with questions.


 


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