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Health-Exchange-Alert

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

The lobby representing employers that provide health benefits regulated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is pressing the Biden administration to suspend the ACA penalties on employers who fail to provide minimal coverage for 2020.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration recently withdrew an unreleased draft rule on end-stage renal disease conditions of coverage that was expected to address the controversial issue of whether insurers must accept premium payments from third-party charities -- a move quickly applauded by kidney care advocates, although the rule could resurface.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

States are having a hard time documenting how they aimed to meet mental health parity requirements in their Medicaid and CHIP programs, and stakeholders don’t think those requirements greatly improved access to behavioral health services for beneficiaries.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Tuesday (Feb. 2) directing federal agencies to revisit the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which denies green cards to legal immigrants based on their potential use of public benefits, including Medicaid.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic leaders Monday (Feb. 1) kicked off the fast-track process for passing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which includes temporary subsidies for COBRÅ and enhanced ACA tax credits in addition to boosting funds for vaccinations, testing and more.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members voted Friday (Jan. 29) on draft recommendations calling for Congress to pass a formula developed by the Government Accountability Office that would automatically increase the federal Medicaid match during an economic downturn, sending states critical federal financial stimulus faster.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

The Department of Justice asked a federal appeals court to put a suit over the Trump administration’s association health plan rule on hold for 60 days to allow the new administration a chance to review the case, which has been pending for more than a year.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden, in addition to his highly publicized move Thursday (Jan. 28) to reopen enrollment in healthcare.gov from Feb. 15 to May 15, put in motion a broad federal review that could lead to the reversal of a slew of Trump-era Affordable Care Act policies that undermine protections of consumers with preexisting conditions; demonstrations or waivers that undercut the exchanges or the off-exchange individual, small group, or large group markets; policies that create barriers for people seeking to buy coverage, including mid-year enrollments; and policies that reduce plan affordability or financial assistance.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission overwhelmingly voted Friday (Jan. 29) on a draft recommendation that lawmakers require states extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to last one year and provide 100% federal matching funds -- a proposal that initially split commissioners along gender lines.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members voted Friday (Jan. 29) on a draft recommendation that Congress make the Medicaid estate recovery program voluntary for states, as recent statistics show states are making little off the program and commissioners worried the current program is perpetuating poverty.

January 29, 2021 | Daily News

The Supreme Court has put health care watchers on alert with a Friday (Jan. 29) bulletin that notes while the court remains closed, the justices might issue opinions on cases heard this fall on Wednesday (Feb. 3).

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden issued an executive order Thursday (Jan. 28) directing HHS to examine whether the Trump administration's controversial Medicaid work requirement waivers undermine the program, coming just days after 17 states asked the Supreme Court to validate their 1115 waivers.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

Block grants, the public charge rule and several different 1115 demonstrations could be subject to HHS review and reconsideration under an executive order President Joe Biden signed Thursday (Jan. 28) aimed at strengthening the Medicaid, program experts say.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday officially announced it will re-open healthcare.gov and direct enrollment portals to all eligible consumers for a three-month period starting Feb. 15, and will spend $50 million on outreach and education.

January 28, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Thursday (Jan. 28) directing HHS to reconsider Trump policies that limit access to health care, including Medicaid work requirement waivers and so-called junk insurance plans, and will open a three-month special enrollment period for exchange coverage starting Feb. 15.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

HHS will amend the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to allow recently retired or inactive doctors and nurses to administer COVID-19 vaccines, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced at the administration’s first COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday (Jan. 27), where officials stressed a need to remove barriers to vaccine access in under-resourced communities.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

Nearly 9 million could get free or reduced coverage via a re-opened healthcare.gov, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation brief that comes one day before the Biden administration is expected announce an additional ACA sign-up period and more funding for outreach and assistance.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of former Obama, Bush and Trump health officials are calling on the Biden administration to expand access to insurance by shoring up the individual market and working with Congress to lower the Medicare enrollment age to 55.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

The coalition of health care stakeholders that has been working to defend employer coverage on Tuesday (Jan. 26) applauded the Biden administration for including COBRA subsidies and enhanced Affordable Care Act tax credits in his COVID-19 relief proposal, but they asked that subsidies also be provided for employees seeking to continue plans offered by churches.

January 27, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s health care agenda should focus on increasing value-payments, strengthening primary care via nurse practitioners and non-clinical personnel, building trust in vulnerable communities and improving health care information technology so the country is better prepared for the next pandemic, some experts said at a webinar by The Commonwealth Fund Tuesday (Jan. 26).

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