On November 15, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its proposed 2025 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual regulation which governs core provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This expert perspective focuses on aspects of the proposed rule likely to be of interest to state officials, including requirements for State-Based Marketplaces to align with the standards of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, proposals for states to update essential health benefits, and initiatives to ease the eligibility and enrollment process for consumers.
Health Equity Language Guide for State Officials
Tekisha Dwan Everette, Dashni Sathasivam, and Karen Siegel, Health Equity Solutions
State Health and Value Strategies, in partnership with Health Equity Solutions, created the Health Equity Language Guide for State Officials which is comprised of three tools to help state officials with the language they use to discuss and write about race and health equity. The Guide includes definitions and explanations of words and phrases, how to think about their usage, and examples of how they might be applied.
The Guide is a living document that will continue to be updated to reflect and respond to evolving terminology. As states engage in defining health equity terms within their own state policy documents, the Guide is intended as a helpful, complementary resource for such work.