Low-Income Health Access Open Door Forum**Updated September 10, 2012 - The next Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, ET. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935; Conference ID: 76244792. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.
**Updated September 7, 2012 - Please join us for the first in a series of monthly conference calls for an update on Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation efforts that impact doctors, nurses, hospitals and other providers of health care. The monthly “ACA Implementation Update for Providers” will review recent announcements from HHS and its agencies, explore one or two topics with senior HHS officials and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and share feedback.
These update calls will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm ET. The call is closed to the press – but all stakeholder and interested parties are welcome to attend. Our first call will be on September 13th at 2pm ET.
WHAT: Affordable Care Act Implementation Update for Clinicians, Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers
TOPIC: Medicaid Expansion
DATE: September 13th at 2pm ET
DIAL IN: 1-888-455-2963 Passcode: 2954962
For those who are not able to join on the 13th at 2pm – a recording will be available after the call for 30 days by calling 800-570-8799 (no passcode needed).
The next ACA Implementation Update for Providers is currently scheduled for Oct 11th at 2pm ET.
**Updated March 6, 20121- The proposed agenda for the next Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 2:00pm-3:30pmET is as follows: Strong Start Initiative; CMS and HRSA Text4Baby activities; HRSA Healthy Weight Collaborative. This agenda is subject to Change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 27277720. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.
Low Income Health Access ODF Overview
The Low Income Health Access ODF addresses the concerns of the beneficiary advocates, providers, and information intermediaries throughout the country interested in improving access to Medicare and Medicaid for lower income Americans. Generally, CMS addresses are new guidance or initiatives in programs for people with low-incomes, such as the Medicaid and SCHIP programs. Also, CMS provides information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, as well as the low-income subsidy. Services settings such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and 340(b) Hospitals and other providers are also often discussed. CMS co-hosts this forum with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives, and other related areas impacting the lower income beneficiaries are also included in the Forums.