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.
New CMS Guidance on Medicaid Continuous Coverage Unwinding Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023
On Wednesday, February 8, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar during which experts from Manatt Health reviewed CMS’ recently released State Health Official (SHO) letter related to “unwinding” the Medicaid continuous coverage guarantee, based on provisions included in section 5131 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA). Building on existing CMS guidance, the new SHO letter details the requirements that states must comply with in order to receive the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage; clarifies expectations for states to comply with the Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace reporting elements required by the CAA; and reviews implications of the CAA on select COVID-19 public health emergency-related flexibilities and authorities.
The webinar reviewed the additional detail and operational expectations of states during the unwinding of Medicaid continuous coverage as laid out in the SHO letter, and discussed key considerations for state policymakers. As a reminder, SHVS has created a single-stop resource page to support states as they plan for unwinding. For more information on the CAA and unwinding, see the first webinar on the unwinding provisions in the CAA, Omnibus Unwinding Provisions and Implications for States.
UPDATE: During the discussion portion of the webinar (timestamp 40:28 to 41:30 in the recording), a question was posed to presenters about whether states are required to make available all modalities to return the renewal form for both Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) and non-MAGI populations. Upon further research, we would like to clarify that states are indeed required to make available all modalities to return the renewal form for both MAGI and non-MAGI populations. This is an existing federal regulatory requirement that was restated and clarified in the August 2022 CMS eligibility and enrollment proposed rule, “Streamlining the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Program Application, Eligibility Determination, Enrollment, and Renewal Processes.”