The unwinding related section 1902(e)(14) strategies newly available to Medicaid and CHIP agencies can provide significant relief to states facing pending eligibility and enrollment actions and processing delays, workforce and systems limitations, and other operational challenges. Ensuring eligible individuals do not lose coverage for procedural or administrative reasons and supporting those who are ineligible for Medicaid/CHIP transition to Marketplace coverage will be paramount for all states as they begin to resume normal operations when the federal public health emergency (PHE) ends. This expert perspective outlines the time-limited targeted enrollment flexibilities that CMS has availed to states through section 1902(e)(14) waiver authority and discusses considerations beyond the strategies described in federal guidance and supplemental resources.
Consumer Assistance Resource Guide: Household Composition Eligibility Rules
Manatt Health Solutions
Early evidence from across the nation suggests that consumer assisters are playing a vital role in helping people enroll in the new coverage options made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The following resource guide on Household Composition Eligibility Rules is part of a Consumer Assistance Resource Guide series developed to help consumer assisters answer some of the most common eligibility and enrollment questions.
To be eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Advance Premium Tax Credits and Cost Sharing Reductions, an applicant’s total household income must be below a certain level for the number of people in his or her household. This guide, prepared by Manatt Heath Solutions, explains how to determine who is included in an applicant’s household and covers special Medicaid household composition rules for households that include a pregnant woman; grandparents; unmarried, divorced, separated or non-custodial parents; or institutionalized or incarcerated family members. Additionally, the guide explains how eligibility is re-determined when an applicant’s household size changes during the year.