CMS FINALIZES NBPP FOR 2020
At the end of last week, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2020 plan year. The NBPP is the regulatory framework which CMS uses to operate the federally facilitated marketplace (healthcare.gov). For links to the final rules, the CMS press release or CMS’s summary fact sheet, check out our news item.
For summaries on the NBPP, Katie Keith has two summary blog posts on the Health Affairs blog covering what the final rules contain. The first blog looks at provisions directed towards insurers and the exchange while the second blog examines the rules effects on risk adjustment.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has put out a fact sheet which explains how the finalized NBPP will result in higher costs to consumers through higher premiums and increased out-of-pocket expenses.
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently updated their interactive Medicaid Waiver Tracker. This tool follows what CMS is doing in reviewing and approving state requests for Medicaid waivers in a variety of areas.
One of the areas where there are a lot of developments in Medicaid waivers is states adding work requirements. To learn more about what states are doing in this area, check out the blog post we published last year which highlights all the news stories we published as well as resources on Medicaid work requirements.
April is Medicaid Awareness Month and the Protect Our Care Coalition has set up a website to highlight the importance that Medicaid plays for millions of Americans. It can be found at https://www.medicaidawareness.com/.
If you missed it earlier this month, we’ve updated our Medicaid Social Media Toolkit. The toolkit provides sample social media posts, graphics and relevant hashtags which can be combined to promote the importance of the Medicaid program and how important it is for people with disabilities. The toolkit is available on the NDNRC website and can be downloaded as a zip drive.
The Medicaid Social Media Toolkit was done in conjunction with the work we are doing Community Catalyst on educating consumers about healthcare enrollment, including coverage through the ACA marketplaces and Medicaid during both the Open Enrollment Period and Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs). Many of the graphics in our Medicaid Social Media Toolkit (like the one below) come from this project. For more graphics which can be used to educate consumers about SEPs, check out our blog post which includes a link to an online drive of graphics. If you’re looking for information about helping people understand how to get the most out of their insurance, check out our blog post which includes a link to the online drive with graphics on health literacy.
Earlier this year, we released a Call to Action to the disability community to learn about the All of Us Research Program and consider participation. If you want to learn more about our project with the NIH’s All of Us Research Project, check out the Frequently Asked Questions document about the program.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. You can find a COC, on the COC page of our website.
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