Outreach and Enrollment Information for Hospitals
Coverage is Here! Outreach and Enrollment Information for Hospitals
- What can nurses, doctors and administrative staff members say to patients and their families?
- Who else is working in my area?
- What resources are available to hospitals for the 2014-2015 open enrollment period?
- How can I get informed and keep informed about outreach and expansion news?
WSHA is working with stakeholders across the state to help community members connect with the Exchange and learn about their new options for health coverage. If you are a hospital or other health care provider in Washington State, you have several options for participation:
- Develop an outreach plan to spread the word in your community.
- Inform your administrative and clinical staff members about the changes coming to health insurance!
- Enroll anyone who needs insurance at your hospital, including patients and guests.
- Connect with a lead regional organization (listed below, by county)
- How can I keep informed?
- Tune in to either a WSHA or Exchange Webinar
- Contact Barbara Gorham or Mary Kay Clunies-Ross for more information.
What can nurses, doctors and administrative staff members say to patients and their families?
Hundreds of thousands of people in our state are now going to be eligible for affordable health insurance in a big new way. It’s a very simple message: if you or anyone in your family needs health insurance, call the Exchange or visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org after October 1.
There are also four easy facts that everyone should know about the new health plans:
- All insurance plans have to cover really basic, really important services, including doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescriptions.
- Depending on your income, you might be able to get discounts or no-cost-to-you coverage.
- If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance plans cannot deny you coverage.
- All insurance plans will have to show the costs and what is covered in simple language, with no fine print.
If you can use all of them, great; if you only remember one or two, that’s okay too. The most important thing is to encourage them to find out more by contacting the Exchange.
Who else is working in my area?
On June 5, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced the organizations who will be working in every area of the state to help consumers enroll in a health plan.
By working with the lead organizations, you’ll get access to training and can coordinate your outreach and enrollment efforts with others who are working on outreach and enrollment, including civic organizations, service agencies, companies, unions, clinics, churches, and more.
The 10 lead organizations and their service areas include:
- Benton Franklin Community Action Connections: Serving Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties
- CHOICE Regional Health Network: Serving Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties
- Clark County Public Health: Serving Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
- Cowlitz Family Health Center: Serving Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties
- Empire Health Foundation: Serving Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane and Whitman Counties
- Kitsap Public Health District: Serving Kitsap County
- Public Health – Seattle & King County: Serving King County
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Serving Pierce County
- Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement: Serving Island, San Juan , Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties
- Yakima Neighborhood Health Services: Serving Kittitas and Yakima Counties
What resources are available to hospitals for the 2014-2015 open enrollment period?
Open Enrollment Kick-Off Webcast (Nov. 14, 2014): PowerPoint slides and webcast recording
Bulletin (October 1, 2014): Hospital Sponsorship of Exchange Premiums
Bulletin (September 26, 2014): Certified Application Counselor Training (Note: Some deadlines have changed since the distribution of this bulletin. Please contact the Exchange directly for more information)
Outreach and Enrollment Guide http://wsha-archive.seattlewebgroup.com/files/WSHA_OutreachEnrollGuide_2.pdf
Washington Health Benefit Exchange Partners page: http://wahbexchange.org/partners
Great new outreach materials! http://wahbexchange.org/partners/outreach-partners/
How can I get informed and keep informed about outreach and expansion news?
Email Updates: WSHA will be updating member hospitals about our outreach and enrollment efforts. Subscribe to “ACA Outreach” here.