We are looking forward to starting the new decade with you! Please read this Bulletin carefully for important information about what is new with LA HAP in 2020.
2020 income documentation grace period
When submitting LA HAP applications, please submit 2020 documentation for clients whenever possible. To allow for the transition into the new year,
the following forms of 2019 documentation will still be accepted through February 29th, 2020:
- Tax documents received in 2019 reflecting 2018 tax year (W-2, 1040, etc.)
- Benefit award letters (SSDI, etc.)
- LIS application receipts
Marketplace income documentation due
Clients who enrolled in Marketplace coverage for the 2020 plan year may still have outstanding documentation requests from the Marketplace which may affect their tax credit.
Clients have 90 days from plan enrollment to provide updated documentation to the Marketplace in order to keep their tax credit.
The insurance invoice or healthcare.gov documentation will indicate whether or not someone owes documents to the Marketplace. Clients may submit updated information to the Marketplace directly or through their broker. Last year, LA HAP lost over $350,000 due to lost tax credits so we very much appreciate your cooperation in helping clients fulfill these documentation requests.
LA HAP aligns their income guidelines for assessing eligibility with Louisiana Medicaid guidelines. Medicaid does not typically adopt the most recent
Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
until March; therefore, LA HAP will continue to calculate income eligibility based on the 2019 FPIG until further notice from Medicaid.
Naloxone added to uninsured formulary
Naloxone (Ezvio, Narcan) has been added to the
LA HAP formulary
for uninsured clients. Insured clients are able to access Naloxone according to the policies set by their primary insurer.
Medicare General Enrollment/Advantage Open Enrollment
Medicare General Enrollment and Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is underway from January 1st-March 31st
. During this time, Medicare enrollees/eligibles have the following options:
- Enroll in Part A and/or B coverage to begin July 1st (if not automatically enrolled during the initial enrollment period)
- Switch from one Part C (Advantage) plan to another
- Drop a Part C plan and enroll in a Part D plan
- Drop a Part C plan and return to Original Medicare (LA HAP clients may NOT do this)
Clients cannot enroll in a new Part C or D plan during this time if they did not already have a Part C plan going into 2020. Clients with LIS are eligible to enroll in Part D coverage year-round.