CMS Seeks Social Work Input on the Design and Operation of Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Health Insurance Exchanges

Apr 19, 2013

[This announcement applies to social workers in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.]

From April 29 to May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting state-based teleconference conversations regarding the health insurance exchanges (aka the “health insurance marketplaces”) in the Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership states. These calls are part of the ongoing commitment by CMS to encourage public participation as it builds the health insurance exchanges.

On the conference calls, CMS regional officials will update participants on policies and the operation of the exchanges. There will be time for stakeholder comments, questions and answers. CMS will use the information and feedback provided by stakeholders in the development of the exchanges.

NASW encourages social workers to participate on the calls and express their thoughts on how exchanges can best serve low and moderate-income populations.

Registration is required. Please visit the CMS Open Door Forum (ODF) page for call and registration details.

Hawaii Chapter Steps Up to Help After Maui Wildfires

Hawaii Chapter Steps Up to Help After Maui Wildfires

By Alison Laurio Wildfires on Hawaii’s Maui Island in August killed at least 114 people, forced tens of thousands of residents and tourists to evacuate, and devastated the historic resort city of Lahaina. Major news outlets on August 21 called it the “deadliest U.S....