Expert Perspectives

May 9, 2022 

HHS Letter to the FCC on Text Messaging: Model Comments to Inform State Comment Letters in Support

On May 3, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened a public comment period for feedback on a letter submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. The letter requests the FCC’s opinion on the use of text messages and automated calls to enrollees as states resume regular operations at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The public comment period is an opportunity for states to share how text messages and automated phone calls are needed to reach enrollees. This expert perspective provides model comments to inform and support state responses to the FCC’s public comment period. States must submit all comments by Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

May 6, 2022 

The Final 2023 Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters: Implications for States

On April 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters for plan year 2023. This annual regulation governs core provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including operation of the health insurance marketplaces, standards for insurers, and the risk adjustment program. This expert perspective focuses on provisions of the final rule that are of particular import to the state-based marketplaces and state insurance regulators.

May 6, 2022 

Proposed Regulations Fixing the “Family Glitch” – Considerations for States

On April 5, 2022, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations to address the so-called “family glitch” under the premium tax credit (PTC). The family glitch prevents certain dependents of employees from qualifying for PTC, and by extension for advance payments of PTC and cost-sharing reductions, through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplaces. Addressing the family glitch is an important step towards making affordable health insurance universally available. While fixing it has long been a key priority of state health officials and other stakeholders, the change will also create new work for states with little time to prepare for its rollout. This expert perspective reviews the proposed regulations and discusses the potential implications for states.

 

May 2, 2022 

Broker Commissions for Mid-Year Enrollment in the Marketplaces: Options for State Marketplaces and Insurance Regulators to Prevent Discrimination

As state insurance regulators and marketplace officials prepare for the substantial transitions in coverage that will occur in the wake of the eventual expiration of the public health emergency, they will want to ensure that brokers and enrollment assisters are doing all they can to help new marketplace consumers understand their coverage options and enroll in a plan that suits them. This expert perspective reviews the options available to state marketplaces and insurance regulators to protect consumers and take action to prevent carriers from implementing compensation schemes for brokers that discourage mid-year enrollment. The ability of brokers and assisters to facilitate smooth transitions from Medicaid to the marketplaces will have direct consequences for the well-being and security of the transitioning population and significant ramifications for health equity.

Apr 15, 2022 

CMS RFI on Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid & CHIP: Model Comments to Inform State Responses

On February 17, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on topics related to healthcare access. The RFI presents an important opportunity for states to share with federal partners input and creative ideas to achieve substantial reforms on access to coverage–namely, the processes for enrollment and eligibility redeterminations–as well as the standards for defining and monitoring enrollee access to care. This expert perspective provides model comments developed to inform and support state responses to the RFI. We encourage states to submit comments, including by leveraging and building on any of the below language that reflects state priorities. States must submit all comments by Monday, April 18, 2022, via the online portal.