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.
State Strategies to Support Afghan Evacuees in Accessing Health Coverage
On Wednesday, October 6 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that provided an overview of eligibility standards for evacuees and strategies that states can deploy to expeditiously enroll people into health coverage in order to access care. Tens of thousands of Afghans who fled the Taliban are awaiting resettlement, with many having already arrived in the U.S. living on military bases and being processed in several states. Evacuees are in need of access to medical care, as measles and other infections spread and newcomers grapple with the trauma associated with fleeing their home country. States are evaluating the tools available to them to ensure their new residents have access to health coverage as they settle in the U.S.
During the webinar, experts from Manatt Health reviewed CMS guidance that was released on September 27, 2021 to help states understand what health coverage options are available to Afghan evacuees. The slide deck has been updated as of March 16, 2022 to reflect an updated factsheet CMS released on November 1, 2021 as well as the latest information on the number of states resettling Afghan nationals.