In light of recent postal delays and housing displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis, and a wave of natural disasters across the country, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies face new challenges communicating with their enrollees about their health coverage. Acting now to mitigate these challenges is essential as states are preparing for the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and “catching up” on coverage renewals for a large portion of their enrollees. This expert perspective reviews strategies that state Medicaid and CHIP agencies may consider to help mitigate coverage losses.
2017 Innovation Waivers: The Future is Right Around the Corner Webinar
Deborah Bachrach, Michael Kolber, and Joel Ario, Manatt Health Solutions
Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act permits states to request innovation waivers from the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury of certain ACA requirements, with waivers first effective in 2017. This waiver process has attracted some attention from thought leaders, but the states, the requesting parties on any waiver applications, have been focused on more pressing ACA implementation issues. That is changing as states begin to consider their longer term goals for health reform and specifically the opportunities afforded by section 1332 waivers.
In order to help states jump start their thinking about 1332 waivers, experts from Manatt Health Solutions presented the regulatory framework for those waivers and offered some examples that illustrate the broad range of potential waivers and the guardrails that ensure waivers continue to meet the goals of the ACA. This webinar addressed which ACA provisions are waivable, including the individual mandate, the employer mandate, essential health benefits, and exchange standards; how the coverage and fiscal guardrails might be applied by HHS and Treasury, which have yet to provide much guidance beyond a regulation that defines the waiver application process; and how 1332 waivers might be combined with Medicaid 1115 waivers to better achieve state goals across programs. The webinar slides can be found at the “download” button and a webinar recording can be found here.