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Two weeks into Open Enrollment!

We are almost two weeks into Open Enrollment and everything seems to be going smoothly. We’ve heard from some of our partners that OE3 started off a little slow (seems like the rain may have kept people away) but that a few days in things really started to pick up. Consumers from last year also seem to be very interested in making appointments with enrollment assisters to shop around for 2016 plans. Has this week been the same? What have been your successes and challenges of the past two weeks? Let us know!

FYI: Healthcare.gov Updates
Issues with the Cost Calculator are being addressed: You may have noticed some problems with the Cost Calculator tool when working with consumers. Most of these problems have been fixed, but there are still a few to work out.
  • If you are working with a consumer and are having issues with the Cost Calculator, take them to the Get Covered Calculator. Research has shown that consumers greatly benefit when they understand all of the costs related to purchasing health insurance.
Healthcare.gov is beta testing two new tools: a “Doctor Lookup” and a “Prescription Drug Check” feature added to the website. Both of these tools will be pilot tested with randomly selected users over the next few weeks. Click here to learn more.

Join us for ACA Stakeholder calls!

Every other Thursday (see schedule below) during Open Enrollment, GHF and Enroll America will be hosting Stakeholder calls to go over updates from various enrollment partners, including navigator grantees and partners from around the state. Click here to register for calls.

November 5 & 19
December 3, 17 & (tentative) 31
January 7 & 21
February 4

National Resource Highlight – Raising Women’s Voices’ “My Health, My Voice: A Women’s Step-by-Step Guide to Using Health Insurance”

MyHealthMyVoice“My Health, My Voice” is an initiative to help newly insured women understand their health insurance and avoid unexpected costs. The resource includes sample scripts for doctor’s visits and beautiful, but simple graphics to help consumers with low literacy. The guide is available in hard copy (which you can order from their website) and as an interactive website that you can see here.





New Marketplace Resources
Kaiser Family Foundation
ACA Spotlight (Don’t know about the Family Glitch? Click  here to learn more. It’s VERY important!)

Do you have any resources that you use that you would like to see highlighted in GEAR? Send them to Whitney and let us know!