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Low-Income Health Access Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of the beneficiary advocates, providers, and information intermediaries throughout the country interested in improving access to Medicare and Medicaid for lower income Americans. Generally, CMS addresses are new guidance or initiatives in programs for people with low-incomes, such as the Medicaid and SCHIP programs.  Also, CMS provides information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, as well as the low-income subsidy.  Services settings such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and 340(b) Hospitals and other providers are also often discussed. CMS co-hosts this forum with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives, and other related areas impacting the lower income beneficiaries are also included in the Forums.

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**Updated June 6, 2014 - The proposed agenda for the next Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:30pmET is as follows: Medicare FQHC PPS Final Rule; CMS resources promote year round enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP; http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-05-12.html; FQHC/RHC Regulatory flexibility provisions; Role of assisters post-enrollment and Assister requirements in the 2015 exchanges and market standards final regulation. This agenda is subject to Change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 71074920. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.