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.
Purchasing Coverage for Medicaid Beneficiaries in the Exchange: A Review of Premium Assistance Options
Manatt Health Solutions – Deborah Bachrach and Patricia Boozang
This brief prepared by Manatt Health Solutions examines some of the legal, policy and operational issues states should contemplate while considering the possibility of using “premium assistance” to purchase coverage for Medicaid-eligible adults in the Exchange. It overviews the benefits of premium assistance along with the logistical challenges of its implementation. States have authority under Section 1906 of the Social Security Act to use Medicaid premium assistance to wrap around employer coverage for an employed individual who is also eligible for Medicaid. In January 22, 2013 draft regulations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to allow states to use Medicaid/CHIP funding to purchase coverage for Medicaid/CHIP eligible beneficiaries in the individual market, including coverage through Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in Exchanges.