2017 Assister Summit Highlights
More than 300 assisters converged upon CMS headquarters in Windsor Mills, Maryland for the 2017 CMS Assister Summit on June 28 and 29. Over 1,000 participants nationwide participated via webcast for the two- day learning event. Concurrent sessions and workshops focusing on how to run an accountability-centered assister program, stabilizing the risk pool through outreach and enrollment and deep dives on Marketplace policy and programs dominated the focus for the event. Handouts and Powerpoint presentations will be available in the coming weeks for those who were not able to attend in person. At the end of the summit, CMS staff collected questions from participants and answered as many as they could. With the uncertain future of the ACA, many of the questions were left unanswered. We do, however, know that the Navigator and CAC training module through MLMS is scheduled to be released in early/mid-August. Stay tuned for more updates and slides.
A Crosswalk of ACA, AHCA and BCRA Provisions
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) issued a comparison of the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), the House healthcare reform version known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the discussion draft issued by the Senate this week called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). This chart compares and contrasts major sections of the healthcare reform legislation from coverage requirements to subsidies for the health insurance exchanges. A notable difference shows up in the revised federal poverty level (FPL) limits for Medicaid and the state match for Medicaid Expansion. Click here to see the chart.
Insurer Projected Participation in the Marketplace Map
A County Level Map of projected insurer participation in the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018 has been issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Notably, it is projected that Pennsylvania counties will have an average of two insurers. PA Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller indicated five insurers have submitted requests to participate in the PA Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018.