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ACA Open Enrollment Begins Nov 1

Open Enrollment for 2018 health plans through the  Health Insurance Marketplace  starts next month.  If you don't have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source of qualifying coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered.  Use these  outreach and enrollment tools  to promote the open enrollment period with clients, community partners and more.  Important dates to note for outreach and enrollment activities include: November 1, 2017 : Open Enrollment starts - first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as  January 1, 2018 .  December 15, 2017 : Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start  January 1, 2018 .  January 1, 2018 : 2018 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15 . January 31, 2018 : Last day to enroll in or change a 2018 health plan. After this d

Caregivers Act Clears Senate

Legislation to establish a federal strategy to address the needs of family caregivers — including those supporting people with developmental disabilities — is gaining steam. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill known as the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act late last month. The legislation now goes before the House of Representatives. The measure would direct the secretary of health and human services to create and implement a national plan to “recognize and support family caregivers” that incorporates recommended steps that can be undertaken at the federal, state and local level. In addition, the bill calls for the secretary to convene a family caregiving advisory council comprised of federal officials and stakeholders in the community to weigh in on what the government can do to assist an estimated 40 million family caregivers nationally. Sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, the caregivers act has support from Autism Speaks, th

Action Alert: Oct 11 Call In Day for CHIP

CHIP Advocacy Toolkit  Groups are encouraged to use a new CHIP  advocacy toolkit . We encourage you to use the resources and information in this toolkit to join our efforts and amplify the message that Congress cannot wait any longer to take action. In particular, we are planning the second of two days of action on  Wednesday, October 11 . Please feel free to share this information far and wide within your networks. Thank you for your continued commitment to speaking up for children, pregnant women and families. Click Here for Advocacy Toolkit