KIPDA plans pair of events to help residents understand insurance Open Enrollment period

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is hosting a pair of events to help people during the current Open Enrollment periods for Medicaid, Medicare, and through the federal commercial exchange at healthcare.gov.

KIPDA has trained staff who can help answer questions at no cost. Open Enrollment is a short period of time when people can change their insurance or enroll into insurance for the first time. The Medicaid Open Enrollment period runs from November 1 through November 30. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7.

The two events where KIPDA will be providing free health insurance assistance will be:

  • From 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, at South Central Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville, KY 40219
  • From 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Ridgeway Library, 127 N. Walnut St., Shepherdsville, KY 40165

KIPDA is an association of local governments in a nine-county region of southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. For details, please click here or call (502) 266-5571.

 

Kentucky officials produce documents to answer questions about Medicaid copay policy

The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has produced a series of documents about the copays many people on Medicaid have already been paying. Starting January 1, 2019, everyone who is not otherwise exempt will start paying copays for some services.

Preventive services do NOT have copays. Preventive services include screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems. This copay policy will begin on January 1, 2019, even if the Kentucky HEALTH program has not started.

The following documents have been produced by DMS:

For more information, please go online to the official DMS website.

 

Kentucky HEALTH kicks off on July 1 – Are you ready?

As you are likely aware, Kentucky has changed the way Medicaid works for some people. The state’s new program is called Kentucky HEALTH, which stands for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health,” and it officially begins on July 1.

Kentucky HEALTH offers health insurance for certain low-income adults and their families, encouraging them to do things that lead to better health and well-being.

There are five main parts of the Kentucky HEALTH program – Cost Sharing, Community Engagement/PATH (“Partnering to Advance Training and Health), My Rewards Account, Deductible Account, and Education & Training – and not everyone on Medicaid will be affected by all of the changes.

Thankfully, Passport and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have created a number of resources to help you navigate these changes:

  • Passport has created “Your Guide to Kentucky HEALTH,” a guidebook that helps explain who is eligible for the different parts of Kentucky HEALTH and what their obligations will be. This information is available online at passporthealthplan.com/together.
  • Passport is also hosting a number of Member Education sessions all across Kentucky to help members understand how Kentucky HEALTH will affect them. The list of dates, times, and locations is available online at http://passporthealthplan.com/member-education-and-outreach.
  • Passport has also created educational information for the healthcare providers in our network, including a “Quick Reference Guide” book that details the changes and a series of eNews This information is available online by clicking here.
  • CHFS has produced an extensive website at kentuckyhealth.ky.gov that is filled with resources for individuals, providers, business, and community partners. These include toolkits, FAQs, pamphlets, videos, and more.

Passport members with questions should call the Passport Member Services department at 1-800-578-0603, and providers can call Passport at (502) 585-7900. More information is also available through social media, so be sure to follow both Passport and Kentucky HEALTH on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Kentuckians on Medicaid Can Switch Health Plans During Special Open Enrollment Period Through May 31

KY Health NoticeKentucky adults who are on Medicaid and enrolled with different health plans within the same household are currently able to consolidate into a single managed care organization (MCO) during a special Open Enrollment Period.

Starting on July 1, 2018, if there are multiple adults on Kentucky HEALTH in one household who are enrolled with different MCO – such as Passport – they will need to pay a premium to each MCO (if premiums are required of the individuals). Beneficiaries in this situation may choose to consolidate to one MCO for the household during a Special Enrollment Period that is currently running through May 31.

To change MCOs, Kentuckians are asked to go online to www.benefind.ky.gov, or to call the Kentucky Department for Community-Based Services (DCBS) at 1-855-446-1245 or 1-800-635-2570. To find more help, Kentuckians should click here or go online to www.khbe.ky.gov for more information.

More information is available online at the state’s official Kentucky HEALTH website, www.kentuckyhealth.ky.gov.

 

Special Enrollment Period Allows Kentucky HEALTH-Eligible Adults to Change MCOs if They Want

A Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is occurring April 1 through May 31 for Kentucky HEALTH-eligible households in which adult members of the household are enrolled in different managed care organizations (MCOs) such as Passport.

Starting July 1, these Medicaid members will be required to pay a monthly premium to each MCO represented by the; if family members are in the same MCO, they will pay only one premium. The SEP is occurring so that households may select one of the MCOs the household currently uses now.

Members can contact their local Application Assister, visit www.benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-446-1245 to make changes to their household’s MCO.

Please note that children do not have to pay premiums, so they can remain on a separate MCO from the adults, if needed.

The notice content and related FAQs can be found online at kentuckyhealth.ky.gov.

 

DMS Notifies Northern Kentucky Residents About their Community Engagement (PATH) Requirements Under Kentucky HEALTH

KY Health NoticeThe Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has started to notify Medicaid members who will be affected by Kentucky HEALTH and live in Northern Kentucky that they may need to complete 80 hours of PATH/Community Engagement activities each month to use their medical benefits, effective July 1.

PATH stands for Partnering to Advance Training and Health.

Please note that this is ONLY for residents of Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton counties – other regions/counties will be notified at later dates.

For more information, please go online to www.kentuckyhealth.ky.gov and click on “Community Engagement”

 

Amazon Offers Discount for Prime Membership to Medicaid Members

Amazon recently announced that it is offering Medicaid recipients a discounted Prime membership, expanding on the discount it made last year to people receiving government food benefits.

“We hope to make Prime even more accessible,” Cem Sibay, Vice President of Amazon Prime, said in a news release. “With more than 100 million products to choose from, low prices, time savings, and fast and convenient delivery options, the combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment provide tremendous value to customers.”

Qualifying members are now eligible for a discounted Prime membership of $5.99 per month, as opposed to the normal rate of $12.99 a month. No annual commitment is required and customers can get the discount for up to four years.

For more information or to sign up, go online to www.amazon.com/qualify.

 

Medicaid Members Should Check the Mailbox for Important Information About Kentucky HEALTH

KY Health NoticeThe Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has produced a postcard and is distributing it to households around Kentucky via mail and email that contain a current Medicaid member who may potentially be eligible for Kentucky HEALTH, the new health and well-being program for certain low-income adults and their families.

The announcement says:

You may have heard that Kentucky is changing the way Medicaid works. Kentucky HEALTH encourages and supports activities that lead to better health and well-being.
Please visit kentuckyhealth.ky.gov to see if you’re eligible for this new program that starts in 2018. If you are eligible, you can customize your own path to better health and success.
Also, you can start earning rewards as of January 2018!
Watch your mailbox! You will get more information in the mail before anything changes.

For more information, please go online to the kentuckyhealth.ky.gov  website, or you can call 1-855-459-6328 to find an in-person assister trained on Kentucky HEALTH in your area.

Also, any Kentucky Medicaid member who has recently moved should log in Benefind at benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-306-8959 to update their mailing address so they do not miss any important information.

 

Stakeholder advisory forums planned by state officials to discuss Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid transformation

KY Health NoticeThe Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid Transformation Leadership Team has announced the scheduling of public stakeholder advisory forums, starting on March 8 and continuing monthly through the end of the year.

The purpose of these forums will be to provide an avenue for constructive feedback and solutions to help ensure a successful transition for Medicaid beneficiaries eligible for the new health and well-being program.

“Throughout the past year and half, we have benefitted greatly from meeting with stakeholders offering helpful insight and services,” Kristi Putnam, Program Manager of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid Transformation Project, said in a news release. “The ongoing engagement and participation of Kentucky HEALTH’s diverse and wide-ranging stakeholders is critical to the success of the program. With the recent federal approval, we are excited to expand this outreach, and look forward to building on existing strong relationships and engaging mutual commitment to improving the health and lives of Kentuckians.”

Putnam noted that these meetings will provide opportunities for the Kentucky HEALTH Project Team to provide updates on implementation activities, offer system demonstrations, engage citizens in system and process testing, discuss draft communications, answer questions about operationalizing specific policies, give notice of upcoming communications from the Commonwealth to beneficiaries, and address topics brought forth by forum participants. The forums will include representatives from the healthcare and workforce development community, as well as frontline state employees.

Interested parties can contact KYHealthTeam@KY.gov to RSVP and be included on future communications regarding these meetings. The schedule for the meetings – which will alternate between Frankfort and various cities around Kentucky – is as follows:

  • 1 p.m. EST on March 8 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • 1 p.m. EST on April 5 at the Kentucky Career Center, 600 West Cedar Street, Room 111, Louisville, KY  40202
  • 1 p.m. EST on May 3 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • 1 p.m. EST on June 7 at the Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Ave., Covington, KY  41011
  • 1 p.m. EST on July 12 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • 1 p.m. CST on August 2 at the Green River Area Development District, 300 Gradd Way, Owensboro, KY  42301
  • 1 p.m. EST on September 6 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • 1 p.m. EST on October 4 at The Center for Rural Development Ballroom, 2292 US-27 #300, Somerset, KY 42501
  • 1 p.m. EST on November 1 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Auditorium, 200 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • 1 p.m. EST on December 6 at the Ashland Community and Technical College, LRC Building Room L275, Ashland, KY 41101

For more information about Kentucky HEALTH, please click here.