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CMS Division of Tribal Affairs 

Important Information for our Tribal partners 

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Part D Open Enrollment Webinar

Date:  Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Call-in Number: (855) 897-8197

Webinar link:   http://www.cmsitutrainings.net/

This webinar will address CMS’ Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Process, updates specific to Indian Health Services pharmacies and how to use the Medicare plan finder to enroll Tribes into Part D plans for 2015.    

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2015 runs from October 15, 2014 though December 7, 2014. Open Enrollment is when all people with Medicare can change their current Medicare plan. 

Plans and coverage costs change each year so it is helpful for anyone with Medicare to check during open enrollment to see if there is another plan available with lower costs and/or better coverage to meet their needs.

To obtain further information on how to change or enroll into a Medicare Part D plan, please visit Medicare.gov at: http://www.medicare.gov/

Long Term Supports and Services Webinar

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Technical Assistance Center 

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2014

Time:  2:00- 3:30 PM ET

 Objectives:   To learn about the LTSS TA Center, LTSS Forum, Resource Library, and  Roadmap for Planning

For further information please visit:  

http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/LTSS-Technical-Assistance-Center/Webinars.html

NEW Resource: Information and Tips for Assisters: Working with American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)

We posted a new resource to our Technical Assistance Resources pageInformation and Tips for Assisters: Working with American Indians/Alaska Natives provides background information about existing and new options for AI/ANs related to affordable health coverage. The Marketplace provides certain protections specifically for AI/ANs. The tip sheet highlights these protections, how assisters can help AI/ANs submit their documentation to support Marketplace applications, and other resources.   

Healthcare.gov/tribal

A new question and answer (Q&A) regarding the Special Enrollment Period for American Indian and Alaska Native families has been posted on healthcare.gov/tribal

The Q&A explains that for those families that apply through the Federal-facilitated Marketplace, if one family member on the application is eligible for the Special Enrollment Period (SEP), all family members who apply on the same Marketplace application would be eligible for the SEP if otherwise eligible to enroll in a QHP.  The Q&A explains that for those who enroll in a state based marketplace, you will need to contact your state regarding whether this policy applies. 

To read the Q&A, please visit healthcare.gov/tribal or

https://www.healthcare.gov/if-im-an-american-indian-or-alaska-native-what-do-i-need-to-know-about-the-marketplace/#question=tribal-member-mixed-family