CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

February 16, 2017

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February 15, 2017
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Aetna to cut back 70% on Obamacare plans in 2017

October 4, 2016

Aetna (AET) is sharply cutting its participation in Obamacare exchanges for 2017.


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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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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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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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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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December 18, 2014

WCMS  member physicians can host at their practices one of our Health Access Counselors between now and Friday, February 13, 2015 to help your patients enroll in either the HIM, Medicaid, Medicare or Project Access® (the latter for Buncombe residents only) as eligible.

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Free Health Carnival!

December 9, 2014

Food, games, health screenings, health insurance information, and fun!

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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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Get Your Uninsured Patients Insured via WCMS During Next Open Enrollment Period (Nov. 15-Feb 15)

November 7, 2014

WCMS has a cadre of fully trained and certified Health Access Counselors (HAC) ready to help enroll as many uninsured people as possible, particularly during open enrollment periods.

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

May 14, 2014

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2014 Annual Campaign Launches

April 7, 2014

WCMS Foundation Annual Campaign Launches “EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN WNC”

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Get Covered Buncombe

March 13, 2014

Enroll in the NC Health Insurance Marketplace by March 31st.  In-Person Help is Available.  Help is Free.

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Project Access Innovations Continue!

February 27, 2014

Project Access plans in the coming year to integrate with our Certified Application Counselor functions with the goal of enrolling as many uninsured people as possible into the marketplace.

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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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