Healthy Washington Coalition
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Four important HWC updates of interest

Posted on August 27th, 2013

1. CCIIO Letter

Thank you to the organizations and individuals who signed onto the letter to Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) requesting a two-week extension for the submission of Washington Qualified Health Plan information to allow for additional time for continued review of Qualified Health Plan submissions so that we may possibly expand the number of plans offered in the Washington HBE to serve low-income consumers.

2. Human Trafficking and Health Care Providers

The University of Washington Women’s Center, in partnership with Dr. Suzanne Poppema, Director of International Medical Consulting, and Retired Physician and Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the UW are developing a study on the interactions human trafficking victims and survivors (person who is obtained or held in compelled service, such as involuntary servitude, debt bondage, and forced sex and no-sex labor) have with the health care community in Washington State. This data will be used to inform the development of a formal model to train health care professionals in WA State to identify and appropriately intervene when they suspect human trafficking. PLEASE SEE the attached UW memo for more information and to help out.

3. “Coverage Is Here” Toolkit for WAHealthplanfinder

Coverage is Here/Washington Healthplanfinder outreach toolkit is live. Materials available for download include a PowerPoint, infographic, web button, sample listserv/newsletter content, sample social media content, fact sheet, event flier template and talking points. Print materials are coming soon and will include a brochure, poster, postcard and window cling. There is also a new feature on the current website, a “Contact Me” button where individuals can enter their contact information, and an In-Person Assister will contact them in the first two weeks of October to answer questions and help with enrollment:

4. Community Trainings

Washington State’s Health Care Authority opened new community-based training classes on eligibility changes coming to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. You can learn how to assist an individual applying for health care coverage in the new web portal opening October 1. The training is targeted at health providers, clinics, hospitals or members of other community-based organizations. The HCA training will focus on Medicaid and the new Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) policies that will apply to Washington Apple Health Family, Children, Pregnancy and the New Adult medical programs. To register, volunteers must email HCA a copy of the registration form (

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