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.
Updated: Medicaid State Plan Amendment Requirements of the Affordable Care Act
Center for Health Care Strategies
A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from changes to income eligibility (section 2002) to coverage for freestanding birth center services (section 2301), require states to alter Medicaid eligibility guidelines, service benefits, or payment criteria. To assist in determining which provisions require states to submit amendments to their Medicaid state plan, the Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from the State Network, has developed a resource which catalogs required and optional provisions that may require amendments, including links to the applicable ACA text, deadlines for approval, and available guidance. The hyperlinks within the document link directly to the specific sections of ACA referenced and to supporting documentation for those sections where available. States may use this document to plan sufficient time for development, stakeholder engagement, submission and approval of the applicable amendments to CMS.
This document has been updated as of July 2013 to reflect the latest guidance.