Skill QUEST $500,000 ACE Grant Award Press Conference
On Tuesday, May 27, Skill QUEST Exeuctive Director and DAI Leader, Dr. Priscilla Kimery, announced that Skill QUEST was the recipient of a $500,000.00 matching grant from the State of Texas ACE Fund, providing Skill QUEST its single largest grant to date. Watch the 22 minute press conference on Vimeo or link through to the coverage by WFAA, Dallas TV Channel 8. DAI Leaders have worked for years to create and sustain this local workforce intermediary that moves citizens earning less than 200% of the federal poverty level into highly skilled, in-demand jobs with quality local employers offering career advancement opportunties and meaningful benefits. With year-on-year persistency rates approaching 90%, students completing the Skill QUEST program have moved from average earnings below $10,000 per year to greater than $43,400, establishing a level of financial security for their families many had thought unattainable. The success of the Skill QUEST program is due in large measure to longer term training and its comprehensive wrap around services that address almost every possible contingency, for students willing to put forth the effort to succeed.
Skill QUEST is a separate 501(c)(3) designated, Texas registered nonprofit corporation. For more information about Skill QUEST and its program, visit http://www.SkillQUESTntx.org
ACA First Open Enrollment Period Ends
The First Open Enrollment Period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act closed on March 31, 2014; and the next Open Enrollment Period will begin November 15, 2014. If you began your enrollment before March 31, 2014 but were unable to complete that enrollment for qualifying reasons, you may be able to continue your enrollment process on the HealthCare.gov website.
If you did not apply for coverage by March 31, 2014, you will either have to wait for the next Open Enrollment Period or you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period of 60 days following certain life events that typically involve a change in family status (for example, marriage or birth of a child) or loss of other health coverage (such as if you lose your job which provided insurance coverage or your Cobra coverage expires). Examples of qualifying life events include:
Having a baby
Adopting a child or placing a child for adoption or foster care
Moving outside your insurer’s coverage area
Losing other health coverage—due to losing job-based coverage, divorce, the death of a spouse, the end of an individual policy plan year in 2014, COBRA expiration, aging off a parent’s plan, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar circumstances. Important: Voluntarily ending coverage doesn’t qualify you for a special enrollment period. Neither does losing coverage that doesn’t qualify as minimum essential coverage.
Gaining status as member of an Indian tribe. Members of federally recognized Indian tribes can sign up for or change plans once per month throughout the year.
For people already enrolled in Marketplace coverage: Having a change in income or household status that affects eligibility for premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions
Other Complicated Cases that may quality for a Special Enrollment Period:
You faced a serious medical condition or natural disaster that kept you from enrolling. For example:An unexpected hospitalization or temporary cognitive disability
A natural disaster, such as an earthquake, massive flooding, or hurricaneA planned Marketplace system outage, such as Social Security Administration system outage
Misinformation or misrepresentation
Misconduct by a non-Marketplace enrollment assister (like an insurance company, navigator, certified application counselor, or agent or broker) resulted in you:
Not getting enrolled in a plan
Being enrolled in the wrong plan
Not getting the premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction you were eligible for
Your application may have been rejected by the insurance company’s system because of errors in reading the data, or some of the data was missing or inaccurate.
System errors related to immigration status
An error in the processing of applications or system caused you to get an incorrect immigration eligibility result when you tried to apply for coverage.
Display errors on HealthCare.gov
Incorrect plan data was displayed at the time that you selected your health plan, such as benefit or cost-sharing information. This includes issues where some consumers were allowed to enroll in plans offered in a different area, or enroll in plans that don’t allow certain categories of family relationships to enroll together.
Medicaid/Marketplace transfers: If you applied for Medicaid through your state, or were sent to Medicaid from the Marketplace, but you weren’t eligible for Medicaid.
Your state transferred your information to the Marketplace but you didn’t get an answer about your eligibility and/or didn’t get enrolled before March 31, 2014.
If you able to continue enrollment begun prior to March 31, 2014, or you are entitled to a Special Enrollment Period, you'll need the following documents and information:
Proof of Citizenship (SS card or passport)
Proof of State Residency (Driver's License, copy of lease, or utility bill)
Proof of Legal Residence/Immigration Status (Green Card)
Method of Payment (How you will pay for the insurance plan. No payment is required at signup.)
Applicant's Alien Registration Card (I551) if not an American Citizen
DAI Leaders have developed a number of helpful aids for anyone seeking to understand the insurance options available in the Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, many of which are used by area Navigators and Certified Application Counselors. View or download them below.
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, President Barack Obama traveled to Dallas and met at Temple Emanu-El with leaders of Dallas Area Interfaith to recognize and thank them for their hard work and creative and diligent efforts educating Dallas area residents about the new health care insurance exchanges available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare". The President encouraged DAI leaders to continue their organizing efforts and pledged to continue working to provide affordable, quality health care for all citizens. The pictures and links to articles and videos below are a work in progress, and we encourage you to submit additional pictures and links as you find them to:
President Obama Thanks DAI in Dallas, November 6, 2013, for its work for the ACA from Pool Feed on Vimeo.