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Becoming an Indiana Navigator and Certified Application Counselor
Learning Objectives I.Introduce and explain the functions of consumer assistants II.Define Application Organizations, federal Navigators, Indiana Navigators, and Certified Application Counselors III.Discuss certification and certification renewal procedures for Application Organizations, federal Navigators, Indiana Navigators, and Certified Application Counselors IV.Review conflicts of interests, privacy, security and confidentiality standards, and state enforcement actions for consumer assistants V.Examine tips for assisting population subtypes
Introduction to Consumer Assistants With the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Consumer Assistants such as Indiana Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) were introduced and designed to serve as unbiased, informed resources for consumers seeking health coverage. The ACA established basic training guidelines for assisters to follow regarding addressing the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, eligibility and enrollment procedures, the range of public programs and qualified health plan (QHP) options available, and proper handling of tax data and personal information
Types of consumer assistants include: –Federal and State Navigators –In-person assistants (state-based Marketplaces) –Certified Application Counselors (CACs) –Authorized representatives –Presumptive eligibility assessors –Insurance brokers, producers and agents –Others named and defined by state Introduction to Consumer Assistants
Possible Types of Eligible Navigators Community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups Trade, industry and professional associations Commercial fishing industry organizations, ranching and farming organizations Chambers of commerce Unions Resource partners of the Small Business Administration Licensed agents and brokers Other public or private entities that meet the requirements Introduction to Consumer Assistants
An AO is an organization such as a community health center or FQHC that has employees and/or volunteers assisting consumers with applications for Marketplace-based health plans, insurance affordability programs and state-based health coverage programs like HIP and Hoosier Healthwise –Organizations meeting the definition of "application organization" under Indiana Code must be registered with the Indiana Department of InsuranceIndiana Code –Hospitals that only perform presumptive eligibility (PE) are not required to register as AOs Application Organizations (AOs)
Initial Application Process: 1. Complete the New Application for Application Organization Registration.New Application for Application Organization Registration 1.Pay the online filing fee of $50 for Indiana business entity and the processing fee of $14.40 for a total of $ Multi-location organizations registering as AOs must submit to IDOI the: (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone, (4) , (5) website (if applicable), and (5) contact person; for each physical location of the Application Organization. Applicants may check the status of their application online at: (Only one application is needed for an entity with multiple locations.)www.sircon.com/login.html 3.Review the Conflict of Interest Policy, then complete and submit the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form and Privacy and Security Agreement.Conflict of Interest PolicyConflict of Interest Disclosure FormPrivacy and Security Agreement Submit all documents to Application Organizations (AO) Initial Application
Annual Renewal Process: AOs have a 30-day grace period following the expiration date to complete all steps. 1.Complete the Renewal Application for Application Organization Registration.Renewal Application for Application Organization Registration 2.Pay the nonrefundable online filing fee of $50 for Indiana business entity and the processing fee of $14.40 for a total of $ Multi-location organizations registering as AOs must submit to IDOI the: (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone, (4) , (5) website (if applicable), and (5) contact person; for each physical location of the Application Organization. 4.Review the Conflict of Interest Policy and submit the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form and Privacy and Security AgreementConflict of Interest PolicyConflict of Interest Disclosure FormPrivacy and Security Agreement Application Organizations (AO) Renewal Application
Federal Navigators Federal Navigators are selected and funded by the federal government to serve in federally-facilitated (FFM) or Partnership Marketplace states for one year (minimum) The first round of federal Navigator fund recipients were announced by CMS on August 15, 2013 The second round will be announced September 8, Indiana Recipients: –ASPIN: $897,150 –Plus One Enterprises, LTD, LLC: $130,875 –Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County: $590,895 –United Way Worldwide: $424,586 Federal Navigators in Indiana are also required to become Indiana Navigators
Certified to help consumers complete applications for health coverage including Medicaid and QHPs, and insurance affordability programs like Premium Tax Credits (PTCs) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs) in Indiana Individuals who must be certified as Indiana Navigators include, but are not limited to: –Federally-funded Navigators –Federally-designated Certified Application Counselors (CACs) –Medicaid Enrollment Center staff/volunteers helping with health coverage applications –Staff/volunteers of other organizations helping with health coverage applications Indiana Navigators
Indiana Navigator Responsibilities Consumer outreach and education Assessing the level and type of consumer need Assisting with eligibility assessment Assisting with enrollment Checking consumer enrollment status Indiana Navigators DO NOT advise on plan selection. –Only health insurance producers licensed in Indiana are authorized to do so
1.Complete Pre-Certification Training from an IDOI-approved Pre- Certification Training Provider. The cost may vary based on the training source.IDOI-approved Pre- Certification Training Provider Download and review the Training Content Manual, Score Report and Subject Matter Content Outline.Training Content ManualScore Report Subject Matter Content Outline A recommended provider is through IndianaNavigators.org which offers a free* online training program certified by the IDOI.IndianaNavigators.org –After the 1 st module there is a *$4.95 certificate upload fee to access the 1 st quiz and advance through the remaining 4 modules. 2.Submit online the New Application for Individual Indiana Navigator CertificationNew Application for Individual Indiana Navigator Certification –Pay the non-refundable online application fee ($50 for Indiana residents; $100 for non-residents) and $15 processing fee. Indiana Navigator Certification Steps 1-2
3.Review the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy and the signed Conflict of Interest Statement and Disclosure Form, Privacy & Security AgreementConflict of Interest Disclosure PolicyConflict of Interest Statement and Disclosure Form Privacy & Security Agreement 4.Complete a criminal background check ($7-$17 for Indiana Residents)criminal background check 5.Schedule, pay for ($84.75), and pass the Indiana Navigator Certification Examination A passing score is 70% or 42 questions correct out of 60 with 90 minutes to complete. all application materials to: All Navigators receive a unique ID number upon successful completion of all steps. A certificate may be requested using the above address. Indiana Navigator Certification Steps 3-5
60 days prior to the renewal deadline, Indiana Navigators will receive a notice to renew no later than the last day of the anniversary month of the original certification date; the following steps must be completed: 1.Complete 2 hours of continuing education through an IDOI-approved Navigator CE provider annuallycontinuing education 2.Complete shorter application and pay $64.40 for filing and processing feesapplication 3.Review the Conflict of Interest Policy and sign and submit new Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form and Privacy and Security AgreementConflict of Interest Policy Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form Privacy and Security Agreement Maintaining & Renewing Indiana Navigator Certification
Reporting Requirements for Indiana Navigators Inform Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) within 30 days of information changes such as: Legal name Address Criminal history Conflicts of interest Delinquent state tax and/or child support payments Security breaches or improper disclosure of consumer’s personally information no later than 5 days following the discovery
Conflicts of interest include personal or business interests that may influence the advice and assistance the Indiana Navigator or AO provides to a consumer These conflicts may be financial or non-financial, direct or indirect and include: 1.Financial Conflict of Interest Receiving direct or indirect financial compensation or incentive for the enrollment of an individual into a particular health coverage plan E.g. receiving $5 from No Name Insurance Company for enrolling a consumer in one of their plans Compensation that is not in connection with the enrollment of a consumer is generally not a prohibited conflict of interest Conflicts of Interest Policy for Navigators
2. Loyalty Conflict of Interest Having a direct or indirect relationship, through business or family, an interest or relationship with a third party that prohibits or inhibits the individual or organization from exercising independent judgment in the best interest of consumer Changes in potential or actual conflicts of interest must be reported to IDOI within 30 days of the change.
Privacy, Security and Confidentiality Standards Indiana Navigators and AOs have access to some very personal information such as income, Social Security number, birthdate and address Due to the sensitivity of this information, Navigators and AO must agree to maintain the confidentiality of and protect any information provided by the consumer in the process of applying for and enrolling in a qualified health plan (QHP) or public health insurance program like HIP.
Privacy, Security and Confidentiality Standards When sharing the consumer’s personal information with an authorized individual, only provide the minimum amount of personal information needed Do not leave a computer screen displaying personal information unattended Protect the consumer’s personal information against an reasonably anticipated uses or disclosures that are not permitted or required by law Per Ind. Code § , consumer personal information must be securely destroyed or disposed of in a way that will make the information unusable Per Ind. Code § , if the Indiana Navigator and/or Application Organization becomes aware of a security breach or improper disclosure of personal information, the consumer must be informed
Prohibited HistoryProhibited Actions of Indiana Navigators Hold/held an insurance producer license, navigator certificate, AO registration that has been denied, suspended, or revoked Provide inaccurate, misleading, incomplete or materially untrue information on application Conviction of a felony or other crime determined by FSSA and IDOI Obtain or attempt to obtain a license, certification or registration through misrepresentation or fraud Admission or conviction of unfair trade practice or fraud [in the business of insurance] Violate: an insurance law/regulation, subpoena or order of the commissioner, rule of the marketplace operating in Indiana, rule adopted under Indiana Code (d) and/or PPACA Intentionally misrepresent the terms of an actual or proposed insurance contract or application for insurance Use fraudulent, coercive or dishonest practices or demonstrate incompetence or untrustworthiness in acting as an Indiana Navigator or Application Organization Cheat on a certification examination Receive consideration for a health insurance issuer in connection with enrollment of an individual into a health insurance plan
DO:DO NOT : Be honest regarding personal bias or conflict of interest Make up or guess an answer to a question Give complete and accurate information Ask anyone for more information than absolutely necessary Admit when one does not know the answer Joke about sensitive physical, social or cultural difference Protect the personal information of the people being assisted Use derogatory or profane language toward or about a consumer Be sensitive to different cultures Use professional language Empower consumer to make educated choices Ethical Standards for Consumer Assistants
IDOI reviews and approves all Indiana Navigator and AO application materials The state monitors Indiana Navigators and AOs and the quality of applications through complaints and internal tracking If there is a consistent problem with a given Indiana Navigator or AO, the state may utilize an enforcement action such as: –Reprimand –Civil penalty –Probation –Suspension –Revocation –Permanent revocation, and/or –Cease and desist order State Enforcement Actions for Navigators
Certified Application Counselors (CACs) CAC organizations (usually the AO) apply to and are designated by the Marketplace (CMS)apply to The organization is responsible for assigning CAC numbers and training their staff and volunteers as individual CACs The federal government provides the training and certification materials but does not provide any funding for it Participation is optional CACs may not impose fees for assistance Primary Responsibilities Assist with Marketplace applications Facilitate enrollment of eligible individuals in QHPs and insurance affordability programs Disclose any conflicts of interests and comply with privacy and security agreements Act in the best interest of the consumer Abide by federal standards
Certified Application Counselors (CACs) To be come certified as CACs, applicants must: Complete Marketplace-approved training and pass all examinations. Disclose to the designated CAC organization or to the Marketplace and potential applicants any potential conflicts of interest Comply with privacy and security standards and data security standards. Agree to act in the best interest of the consumers assisted. Provide information in a manner that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Enter into an agreement with the designated CAC organization regarding compliance with federal standards.
Need or ConcernResource(s) The Affordable Care ActFederal Marketplace call center Health plan detailsHealth plan summary of benefits, Employer’s Human Resources of Benefits Manager Plan recommendationsIDOI—research “Find agent/broker” Plan qualityFederal Marketplace researching, “Consumer Experience” Complaints about a Consumer AssistantIDOI Complaints about Health Insurance Plan1 st : Contact health insurance company 2 nd : If unable to resolve the issue with health insurance company, contact IDOI Addressing Consumer Needs
Serving Different Cultures and Languages It is important to have the skills to provide assistance to those of all racial, ethnic and cultural groups in your given service area. In Indiana, there are more than 100 languages spoken, so it is helpful to know what resources are available for translation. –As of 2010, there are 262,198 speaking Spanish, 35,439 speaking German, 16,473 speaking Chinese, 16,120 speaking Pennsylvania Dutch and 14,063 speaking French in Indiana. The call center ( ) offers immediate assistance in English and Spanish with a language line for other options.
Serving Persons With Disabilities Type of disabilityPrevalence in Indiana in 2011 Hearing disability2.2% Visual disability3.7% Cognitive disability5.2% Ambulatory disability7.4% Self-care disability2.5% Independent living disability5.7% TOTAL DISABILITY PREVALENCE13.1% In Indiana, it is most likely that consumer assistants will work with individuals that have a type of disability You should: Ensure consumer education materials, websites, etc. are accessible to all Provide assistance in a location & in a manner physically accessible Ensure authorized representatives are able to assist with decisions Be able to refer people with disabilities to local, state, and federal support services Be able to work with individuals regardless of age, disability, or culture
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Call Center ; Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Offers general consumer assistance in English and Spanish and utilizes a language line Small Business (SHOP) Helpline Available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Provides Medicaid disability eligibility information Hoosier Healthwise Enrollment Centers (HHW) ; Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) or ; /http://www.in.gov/idoi / Family and Social Services Administration– Division of Family Resources (DFR) , ; Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Provides Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise (HHW), and Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) information and assistance Helpful Resources for Consumer Assistants