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HHS processing CAC applications, posts training

August 23, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services has received more than 1,000 applications from organizations, including hospitals, interested in training staff and volunteers to become Certified Application Counselors, and is working to process them as quickly as possible, according to agency staff. Beginning Oct. 1, CACs will help people understand and apply for individual and small group health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. According to HHS, applications for CACs in states with Federally-facilitated and State Partnership marketplaces will be processed on a rolling basis, with new CACs announced every two weeks. Once approved, applicants must log on and complete about five hours of online training at marketplace.cms.gov/training/get-training.html, where the public can also view the course content. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy will host an Aug. 28 conference call and webcast on the CAC training materials. Participants are encouraged to browse the course content before the call and send any questions to orhp-acaquestions@hrsa.gov. To access the call, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time, dial (800) 857-3749; passcode ORHPACA. The call is part of a weekly ORHP series on ACA topics. To join the listserv for the call series, email orhp-acaquestions@hrsa.gov.