Employers and the ACA

January 18, 2016

Check out these informative articles by WCMS Circle of Friends partner, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.  

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ACA Open Enrollment November 7th

October 22, 2015

We’ve Got You Covered in Western North Carolina

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Free Preventive Health Services

September 9, 2015

Free preventive health services covered by every Marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act.

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Local Medical Charity Project Access® Awarded $500,000 Grant by The Duke Endowment

July 14, 2015

ASHEVILLE. N.C. (June 24, 2015) – Together with Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMS Foundation), Mission Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to cover funding shortfalls in WCMS Foundation’s Project Access® charity medical care program. Project Access® offers access to free healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Buncombe County. 

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Medicare Proposes Paying for Discussions on End-of-Life Care

July 8, 2015

This new policy, announced Wednesday, comes at a time when patients, families and health providers are placing greater emphasis on allowing people to choose the way they die – whether that means trying every possible medical option to stay alive or discontinuing life support for those who do not want to be sustained by ventilators and feeding tubes.

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season

February 20, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM.

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Better, Smarter, Healthier: In historic announcement, HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value

January 26, 2015

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

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458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

January 22, 2015

In North Carolina, 458,676 people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. US Department of Health and Human Services encourages consumers to sign up before Open Enrollment ends on Feb. 15.

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Health Insurance Basics & Budgeting for Health Classes

November 12, 2014

Free two-part series taught by WCMS Health Access Team and OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling

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A New Face for Charity Care

September 3, 2014

Read this national article about the role of charity care after the Affordable Care Act, which mentions WCMS' Project Access program!

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WCMS Foundation Counsels 111 Project Access® Program Patients About The Health Insurance Marketplace

May 14, 2014

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Answering Patients’ ACA Questions Made Simple

February 19, 2014

More than 80 percent of physicians say they don’t have enough information about the ACA to answer patients’ questions or understand its impact on their practices. Fortunately, the AMA offers resources with answers that can help ease this transition for your patients and practice.

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Get Covered America NC Statement on HHS Enrollment Numbers Released Today

February 13, 2014

160,161 North Carolinians have enrolled in quality health coverage as of February 1 through the Health Insurance Marketplace and 90 percent will be getting financial help.

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Find out how Project Access® plans to help your uninsured patients obtain affordable insurance

January 27, 2014

Please read the following letter that was faxed to all Project Access® practices and safety net providers regarding changes in light of the Affordable Care Act

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Expansion of Medicaid resolution for WCMS

September 11, 2013



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