PROPOSED NBPP RELEASED
On the day before Thanksgiving, CMS released their proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2022 plan year. The NBPP is the regulatory framework which CMS uses to operate the federally facilitated marketplace (healthcare.gov). For links to the actual proposed rules, the CMS press release and the summary fact sheet on the NBPP, check out our news item. Comments on the proposed rules are due by December 30, 2020.
To learn more about the proposed NBPP and what it could potentially mean for consumers, check out the following blog posts written by Katie Keith on Health Affairs:
- 2022 Proposed NBPP, Part 1: Exchange Provisions
- 2022 Proposed NBPP, Part 2: Medical Loss Ratios, Special Enrollment Periods, and More
- 2022 Proposed NBPP, Part 3: Risk Adjustment
Yesterday, CMS issued its Week Four Enrollment Snapshot. This snapshot shows that through the first 28 days of OE8, over 2.9 million consumers had selected plans through healthcare.gov. This does not include consumers who enrolled in a state-based marketplace, including the new state-based marketplaces in New Jersey & Pennsylvania. It should be noted that when comparing enrollment numbers from OE7, that these two states were included in the OE7 numbers since they were still part of the federally facilitated marketplace at healthcare.gov.
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the fact that the majority of people who are uninsured would be eligible for Medicaid or financial assistance on the ACA Marketplace.
There are just 11 days left of OE8! If you are looking for resources to help with outreach for OE8, AAHD is working with Community Catalyst and other partners in conducting outreach to educate individuals about the ACA Marketplace. This outreach includes graphics like the one below which highlight the availability of financial assistance. These graphics are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
As part of our ongoing outreach efforts, we will be participating in two Twitter chats over the next week to highlight the upcoming end to OE8 on December 15. The dates, times and hashtags for these Twitter chats are as follows and you can follow along on our AAHD Twitter account:
The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) has a blog series for OE8 entitled the Navigator Guide FAQs of the Week. This week’s topic is “What Are the Risks of Buying Off-Marketplace?” As we did not have an update last week to the holiday, you can also check out last week’s FAQ: “What Does My Plan Cover?” If you are looking for a comprehensive tool to provide guidance as you conduct enrollment assistance, check out the CHIR Navigator Resource Guide.
In advance of OE8, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) conducted a nine-part Health Reform: Beyond the Basics webinar series. This webinar series provides technical assistance to navigators and other health insurance enrollment assisters and is designed to provide training in advance of OE8. This included our presentation on “Best Practices When Assisting People with Disabilities.” The slides and video recordings for this and the other webinars in the series can be found in our news item.
Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the California v. Texas case. California v. Texas centers on the issue of the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate. If you want to learn more about the case, we posted a blog explaining the case and highlighting a number of resources on the importance of the case.
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