ACA: BACK IN THE NEWS AND BACK IN COURT
Throughout the summer, we will be publishing the NDNRC Update on a biweekly basis.
On Tuesday, arguments were heard in the case of Texas v. US which is the court case which challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the individual mandate penalty was eliminated. To learn more about this case and what it means and for links to resources on the case, check out our news item.
We previously reported on the proposed changes to the regulations for §1557 which is the section of the ACA which addresses civil rights in healthcare settings. In a new blog post, we highlight some resources which are available to explain the proposed changes, including links to resources from NHeLP, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Affairs. Comments on the proposed regulations are due August 13, 2019.
Young Invincibles has a new video which highlights the availability of enrolling in health insurance outside of the open enrollment period – Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs).
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief which examines the performance of the ACA marketplaces through the first part of 2019. To learn more or for a link to the issue brief, check out our news item.
Do you want to learn more about the work that we are doing on the All of Us Research Program? We will be presenting on a webinar hosted by the Independent Living Research Utilization next week. You can access the webinar with this link on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET. On the webinar, we will be talking about the Call to Action which we released to the disability community earlier this year. 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.
The state of New Hampshire has announced that it is suspending its Medicaid work requirements in order to provide more time for beneficiaries to be notified of the mandate. A new blog from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explains why this is a problem which simply cannot be fixed. For more information about Medicaid work requirements, check out our prior blog post which highlights all the news stories we published as well as resources on Medicaid work requirements.
A new blog post from the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) addresses a new Executive Order signed by President Trump which could potentially allow individuals to deduct the cost of enrolling in alternative means of health coverage such as health care sharing ministries and direct primary care arrangements.
If you missed it, CMS released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the seventh open enrollment period (OE7). The full CMS announcement can be found in our news item, along with links to the CMS Overview on Applying and CMS’s FAQ sheet. Applications are due July 22nd.
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.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.