On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARP), a wide-ranging package of health care and economic measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The ARP includes a broad expansion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) main health insurance subsidy, the premium tax credit (PTC), the first major expansion of the health care reform law since its passage. This piece highlights the policymaking considerations that states must account for in light of the PTC expansion and uncertainty about future federal action. A key theme that emerges is that states will benefit from approaches that give them the flexibility to adjust policies year by year as the federal landscape develops.
States’ Medicaid ACA Checklist for 2014
National Academy of State Health Policy
The National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) compiled this checklist to highlight the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid requirements that will take effect in the next two years, nearly all of which will apply to states regardless of whether the state chooses to expand Medicaid eligibility. The checklist also highlights a few important optional provisions that states may want to consider as they plan for modernizing their Medicaid programs and complying with federal requirements. The checklist is divided into five domains of work for states’ Medicaid programs: eligibility and enrollment; operations; financing; benefits; and consumer assistance. Following a description of each requirement is a list of resources that can be useful to states working on the issue. Finally, this checklist provides links to relevant resources that offer additional tools and analyses to support state implementation efforts, and is accompanied by a companion Resource List, which provides full citations to each resource noted in the individual resources sections below.