On January 23, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission issued an important ruling that provides states with new flexibility to support enrollee outreach and communication efforts as part of their processes to unwind the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement. The ruling permits state agencies and their partners to send text messages and make phone calls to individuals about enrollment-related issues not only for Medicaid but for other state-run health insurance programs, including marketplace coverage. This expert perspective reviews the ruling and implications for states.
Repeal of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Critical Questions for States
Jocelyn Guyer, Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang, and Cindy Mann, Manatt Health
Updated as of December 22, 2016
As we approach the beginning of a new presidential administration, there has been continued debate regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of which has focused on the marketplaces, the mandate, and health insurance reforms such as the ban on insurers’ blocking coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. A potential elimination of the law’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults and other ACA Medicaid provisions, however, would have far-reaching implications for states and the Medicaid program. This issue brief, developed by Manatt Health, provides a series of questions and answers on the potential repeal of the Medicaid expansion, reviewing available information, and highlighting critical questions that states will want to consider as Congress and the incoming Administration continue to debate when and how to repeal the ACA.