This Sunday, November 1, marks the start of the third annual Open Enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Eligible Americans can shop for plans that will take effect on January 1, 2016. For most, this means the annual trip to healthcare.gov to review options and update personal information. What can be expected from this year's open enrollment - the shortest period so far?
Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to increase the range of Medicaid services furnished by Indian Health Services (IHS) eligible for 100 percent federal match. This proposal, which will effectively reduce states’ costs for Medicaid expansion and buffer the impending decrease in the federal matching rate for newly eligible adults after 2016, may be of particular interest to states with a significant American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) population.
The State Network 1332 Waivers Affinity Group webinar series continued with a new presentation from the team at Manatt Health Solutions. This webinar focused on funding issues, and dove into the mechanics of repurposing existing federal subsidies under a different coverage affordability model.