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Date: January 30, 2016
By: Robert Pear

Tax Scams Are Targeting Uninsured, I.R.S. Warns

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about tax scams involving the Affordable Care Act and penalties imposed under the law on people who go without health insurance.  In some cases, the agency said, unscrupulous tax preparers tell clients to pay the penalties directly to them, and they keep the money.  Most people do not owe the payment at all because they have health coverage, such as Medicaid or employer-sponsored insurance, or qualify for one of many available exemptions.

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How Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?

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Date: January 31, 2015
Title: WJHL-Project Access Helps People Navigate Healthcare Marketplace as Deadline Approaches
Summary: If you are uninsured and need health care through the online marketplace, February 15th is the deadline for 2015 coverage.

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Type: Website Posting
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Date: November 14, 2014
Title: Kingsport Times News – Health care initiative encourages enrollment in federal ACA exchanges
Summary: Tri-Cities Regional Airport Get Covered Appalachia
Format: Link
Type: Press Conference
LinkHealth care initiative encourages enrollment in federal ACA exchanges

Date: November 13, 2014
Title: Bristol Herald Courier – Help Available to sign up for ACA insurance
Summary: Tri-Cities Regional Airport Get Covered Appalachia
Format: Link
Type: Press Conference
Link: Help Available to sign up for ACA insurance

Date: November 13, 2014
Title: WCBY – Second ACA Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 15
Summary: Tri-Cities Regional Airport Get Covered Appalachia
Format: Link
Type: Press Conference
Link: Second ACA Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 15

Date: September 9, 2014
Title: Seedco Awarded 1.4 Million Navigator Grant to Continue to Help Tennesseans Access Health Insurance
Summary: Continuing Navigation Services to Upper East TN
Format: Link
Type: Press Release

Date: August 5, 2014
Title: Health Insurance Navigators and Brokers
Summary: Capitol Hill Briefing
Format: Link
Type: Video Link

Date: November 13, 2013
Title: Health Insurance Information and Enrollment Events
Summary: Calendar
Format: Link
Type: Web Link

Date: Setember 30, 2013
Title: Health Insurance Exchange Goes Live; Local Organizations Available to Help
Summary: Introduction of Project Access as a source for Marketplace Information and Assistance
Format: Website
Type: News Story

Date: August 15, 2013
Summary: Project Access to receive Navigator Funding
Format: Publication
Type: Press Release
LinkGet Covered TN Takes Lead on State Health Insurance Marketplace 8 15 13 FINAL


August 15, 2013


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Federal Grant Recipients for Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Today, August 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the recipients of federal grants to provide consumer assistance for Tennessee’s new health insurance marketplace. Two organizations statewide will receive an anticipated combined total of $1.9 million for the role of Navigator to assist consumers and businesses with enrollment into the state’s new health insurance marketplace starting October 1, 2013.

The recipients are Seedco and Tennessee Primary Care Association.

Seedco, a national non-profit with a Mid-South base in Memphis which has also been selected to assist with the health insurance exchanges for Maryland, New York and Georgia, has received $1,216,013 to lead a statewide consortium of nine community-based organizations that will provide public education, outreach and enrollment assistance to Tennessee’s uninsured. The new grant will build on Seedco’s extensive experience providing access to public and private benefits, and leading and managing networks of partners.  The consortium of healthcare consumer assistance providers in Tennessee will consist of Appalachian Mountain Project Access, Bridges, Community Development Council, Family and Children’s Services, Knoxville Area Project Access, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, Porter Leath, Tennessee Community Services Agency, and Tennessee Health Care Campaign.

Prior to the funding announcement, a group of health care providers and other key stakeholders from across the state formed a coalition called Get Covered Tennessee. This group has spent the past eight months voluntarily building the infrastructure to provide enrollment assistance for Tennessee’s new health insurance marketplace by reaching out to community partners and medical providers statewide that will be essential in implementing the new marketplace and helping to prepare them for the necessary training to assist with consumer outreach and enrollment.

“This has been a tremendous and encouraging effort,” said Beth Uselton, Get Covered TN adviser and program officer for Baptist Healing Trust, a private, non-profit foundation that provides health services to vulnerable populations in Middle Tennessee, based in Nashville. “We knew we had to start planning as soon as we learned the state would not be administering our health insurance exchange. We couldn’t just sit and wait for direction from the federal exchange. This is too big and too important. Fortunately, so many other leaders across the state agreed and have stepped up to address the challenge together.”

Together, Baptist Healing Trust and Seedco have provided leadership for the Get Covered Tennessee consortium. “From the start we wanted to be involved since it is a natural extension of what we’ve been doing for more than 25 years, helping individuals, families and communities achieve successful outcomes,” said Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South operations. “Having health care is a huge influence on whether or not someone can work. It is our goal to ensure that everyone who wants to enroll can get enrolled.”

Since spring 2013, Uselton and Pote have been conducting information sessions across the state, building partnerships with a broad range of organizations and leaders ahead of the exchange’s being funded.  Get Covered TN has put in place a formal infrastructure to reach people in the communities where they live.

“More than 500,000 people will be eligible in TN for health insurance in the new marketplace, and we have a six-month window to reach as many of them as possible,” said Pote. “It will be our job as a statewide collaborative to make sure that Tennesseans have the right information from which to make a health care purchasing decision.”

“It’s an unprecedented partnership opportunity,” said Uselton. “The amount of interest and willingness of so many organizations, individuals, local governments and even corporations to get involved as volunteers and donors is amazing.”

Contacts for Get Covered Tennessee:
Seedco Mid-South
Lisa Pote, Senior Vice President
901.405.7906 office
615.397.7992 cell
Baptist Healing Trust
Beth Uselton, Program Officer
615-284-8271 ext.12 office

Date: December 11, 2012
Title: Project Access to Remain Open
Summary: Project Access receives additional funding
Format: Website Article
Type: WJHL
Writer: Mike Lamia

Date: February 17, 2012
Title: Healthcare for the Uninsured at Project Access
Summary: Project Access is an independent non-profit organization that connects folks who can’t afford health insurance and have urgent medical needs, with healthcare providers willing to donate their service
Format: Television
Type: Daytime Tri-Cities, Lifestyles Section
Host: Morgan King

Date: February 7, 2012
Title: Benton named CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital
Format: Website
Type: Announcement, Mountain States Health Alliance

Date: November 09, 2011
Format: Television

Type: Nightly News, WCYB, Channel 5
Interviewer: Laura Halm

Date: February 01, 2011
Title: Appalachian Mountain Project Access: ‘It’s the Right Thing to Do!’

Format: Publication
Type: Article, East Tennessee Medical News
Author: Bridget Garland

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