On February 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published its annual draft rule governing core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the operation of the marketplaces, standards for individual and small-group market health plans, and premium stabilization programs. This expert perspective focuses on several policies that would have implications for state insurance regulation and the operation of the state-based marketplaces (SBMs). Comments on the rule are due March 2, 2020.
State Considerations for Medicaid Buy-In Proposals
Lawmakers across the country are considering Medicaid buy-in or “public option” programs to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance market and offer a coverage option that is more affordable and accessible than current options in the individual and employer markets. So far in the 2019 legislative session, more than 10 states have introduced legislation to study or implement a buy-in.1 A new State Health and Value Strategies issue brief, State Medicaid Buy-Ins: Key Questions to Consider, explores the key questions that states will want to consider as they pursue design, and implementation of buy-in proposals. This State Health Policy Highlight provides a checklist summarizing the key questions, which are laid out in greater detail in the underlying issue brief.