The Benefit Bank is making changes to support consumers in accessing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Significant upgrades have been made to QuickCheck to provide counselors with a tool to quickly assess a client's most likely health coverage options, which include Medicaid, CHIP, and tax credits available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The enhanced QuickCheck, which also makes improvements for screening other federal and state benefits, is now available.
Beginning in January 2014, counselors will be able to use TBB to help users fill out the standard paper application form (often referred to as the Single Streamlined Application) created for the Marketplace by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This application will assist people applying for Medicaid, CHIP, and supports offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
As the requirements of the ACA are rolled out, TBB counselors will be the preferred resource for clients who need assistance with multi-benefit applications and/or who are unskilled or uncomfortable with online applications.
Voter Registration Success Story
Today I was helping out a colleague of mine. I imagine the client I helped was typical of the clients my associate sees every day: no money, no job, and not much hope for the future.
They really feel beat down on account of the fact that they are parolees released into the public with nothing to help them re-establish themselves.
|The one thing they deserve the most is the opportunity to voice their opinion through the power of the vote. When I asked my client if he would like to register to vote, he told me he wasn't allowed to on account of being a felon. When I told him this simply was not true, he was beyond himself with being allowed to speak his voice in the political process that has power over his life as a citizen. I think that this simple realization of having a political voice once more is empowering to people who thought that their power had been permanently taken away. It was nice to have the tools to share this with my client. That made my day.|
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