Last week, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion relief package’s current proposals would change health coverage programs, including Medicaid, health insurance marketplaces, and continuation coverage offered through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). If enacted, the changes could have significant ramifications for states and individuals served by these […]
Last week, Congress released a series of legislative proposals designed to respond to COVID-19’s ongoing public health and economic crises. The proposed legislation, expected to be voted on in early March, is a direct response to the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan and includes several provisions that could significantly impact eligibility and coverage sold through […]
Updated April 12, 2021 This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign up for health insurance coverage through either the federal marketplace (healthcare.gov, which 36 states use) or state-operated marketplaces (used by 14 states and Washington, DC). This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign […]
Last month, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed 2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual rule that governs health insurance and the exchanges. Its most significant proposal is creation of a new option that allows a state to exclusively use direct enrollment by health insurers and brokers […]
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), in consultation with state-based health insurance marketplaces leaders, has submitted a list of priority strategies to President-elect Biden’s transition team to improve marketplace operations.
President-elect Biden has pledged to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide more insurance choices, reduce costs, and make the health care system less complex and more accessible.
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage, which some states are challenging because Congress eliminated the tax penalty associated with the mandate. Based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments, […]
As he launched his Covid-19 Task Force this week, President-elect Joe Biden moved quickly to turn his health care campaign promises into policies in preparation for entering the Oval Office in January. In addition to ending the pandemic, Biden plans to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by expanding access to and affordability of […]