1. From the Executive Director's Desk
AHEC Veterans' Mental Health Project a Huge Success!
Congratulations go the ATRaCC Team--Mary Wainwright, Gretchen Forsell, and Carol Trono--for the enormous amount of work they did to make this initiative successful. Additional thanks and gratitude go to Sheryl Pacelli, the Train-the-Trainer Coordinator and Veterans' Mental Health Consultant; Bob Goodale, Director of the Citizen Soldier Support Program; and Dr. Harold Kudler, Mid-Atlantic Veterans' Health Care Network Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Duke University Medical Center.
And, of course, great, great thanks to all the participating AHECs around the country. You all did an incredible amount of work that in most cases was new and the outcome uncertain. You demonstrated a great faith in the project and its impact, and, as a result, NAO and the AHEC Network are now better positioned to tackle additional national-scale projects that will help improve the health of the country. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm very optimistic and excited about future opportunities.
Title VII and Title VIII Programs Celebrate 50 Years
Fiscal Year 2014 Continuing Resolution Appropriations Update
The week before last, the House of Representatives passed a stop-gap continuing appropriations resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded at current levels through December 15. The bill also contains a provision to de-fund the Affordable Care Act (ACA)--the President’s health reform legislation.
The CR is now pending in the Senate, which is likely to remove the provision de-funding the ACA, pass the bill, and send it back to the House. It is not clear at this point how the House will respond to this version and whether it can muster enough votes to pass a CR that removes the anti-ACA provisions. The President has vowed to veto any appropriations bill that de-funds the ACA.
The October 1 start of Fiscal Year 2014 is near, and in order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress must pass an appropriations measure before then that the President will sign. We will keep you posted.
Have a great week, and I'll be back in the office on Wednesday October 2.
2. From A-TrACC
Click Here to access a recording of the VMH Advances Webinar!
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3. Important Marketplace Message!
Americans are now able to enroll in affordable health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Many individuals may also qualify for financial assistance to help pay for a health insurance plan. Health coverage begins as early as January 1, 2014 and open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014.
The best place for Americans to go to prepare for the health insurance expansion, to learn about the Marketplace, how to get covered, and more, is the website, HealthCare.gov. Americans will also be looking to trusted sources to learn more about their opportunities for health insurance. We need help from you to let your community members know about these new benefits and help them enroll in health care coverage.
Spreading the word about the new Marketplace can be as simple as:
Stakeholder organizations should go to Marketplace.cms.gov to find resources on training, official resources, and to learn more about how they can help. Health care providers are also encouraged to check out the new Provider Marketplace Toolkit for additional tools and resources.
Your organization can be recognized for its ACA outreach and education efforts by completing this online form to become a Champion for Coverage. Visit the Champions for Coverage Website to learn more or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Now is the time to raise awareness about the Marketplace in your community. Thanks for your commitment to building a healthier America.
Area Health Education Centers Branch
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
4. Reminder: Have You Submitted Data Yet for the CORE NAO Data Collection Request?
Once collected, this data will be used in the aggregate for the NAO Annual Report, requests from policy makers, and requests from our NAO leadership.
As always, thanks for your help in making this successful. The deadline for submitting the Annual Data Request is November 1, 2013.
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