As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.
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.