This year has presented many unique and unexpected challenges, but as open enrollment approaches states are making concerted efforts to connect residents with public and private health coverage options and are anticipating more churn between programs than ever before amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Millions have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, many losing their employer-sponsored health coverage or experiencing income loss in the process. As consumers navigate ongoing changes in their income or health coverage, it is more important than ever to clearly communicate with consumers what health coverage options are available for the remainder of 2020 and heading into 2021. This expert perspective lays out key takeaways on messaging to consumers to enroll in coverage this OEP and highlights examples from two states.
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.