Please note: with the upcoming holidays, we will not have a NDNRC Update the next two weeks. The NDNRC Update will return January 6th. Happy Holidays from AAHD!
Yesterday was the deadline in most states to enroll for coverage that would start by January 1, but Open Enrollment Year 10 (OE10) continues and you can still enroll in coverage through January 15, 2023. One of the barriers that some individuals face with enrolling for health insurance is the fact that they think it is too expensive. However, Olli the Navigator is here to explain that coverage through the ACA marketplace is often more affordable than people realize.
You can see all of Olli’s adventures on our social media channels or check out these links to the NDNRC news items highlighting Olli’s important messages:
- 11/8: Introducing Olli the NaviGator!
- 12/1: Navigating Open Enrollment
- 12/6: In-Network Care Providers
- 12/14: Affordability & Open Enrollment
As part of our partnership with Community Catalyst, we have a project which highlights opportunities for people with disabilities to get access to health coverage through Medicaid or the ACA marketplace. As part of this project, they have graphics like the one below which highlight the affordability of plans through the ACA marketplace. These graphics are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
Earlier this week, CMS released the proposed rule for the 2024 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP). The NBPP is the regulatory framework which CMS uses to operate the federally facilitated marketplace (healthcare.gov). For links to the relevant documents released by CMS on the NBPP, including the proposed rules, press release and fact sheet, check out our news item.
To learn more about the proposed NBPP, Health Affairs is releasing a series of blog posts which explains what these proposed rules could mean for the marketplace. The first two of these blog posts have been released and can be found here:
- Proposed 2024 Payment Rule, Part 1: Insurance Market Reforms And Consumer Assistance
- Proposed 2024 Payment Rule, Part 2: Risk Adjustment
If you missed it last week, CMS released enrollment numbers for the first five weeks of OE10. To learn more about the enrollment report or for links to the CMS press release or fact sheet, check out our news item.
If you missed it last month, we published a blog post for Disability Week of Action entitled “ACA Coverage and Disability – What It Means and Important Stats.”
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) concluded its fall Beyond the Basics webinar series which provides training for assisters to prepare for OE10. All the webinars are archived and can be accessed in our news item which has links for the slides and video recording of each webinar.
As we reported previously, the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) will bring about the end of the continuous coverage requirement under Medicaid and states will begin conducting redeterminations of the eligibility for Medicaid beneficiaries. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families is continuing its series a blog post entitled “Unwinding Wednesdays”. The links to their last two posts are as follows:
- New Unwinding Resources, Including State-Specific Renewal Flyers
- More States Make Unwinding-Related Materials Publicly Available
The Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms has a new blog post on what states can do at the end of the PHE to help people transition from Medicaid to the marketplace.
A new issue brief from Families USA reviews the coverage gains that have been accomplished recently and explores the fact that the end of the PHE could undermine these gains.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new report this week which examines “Medicaid Enrollment among the Unemployed During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.”
If you’re looking for resources to help with outreach during open enrollment, Young Invincibles has released their OE10 Partner Toolkit. In this toolkit, you will find information on messaging, social media graphics and materials in multiple languages.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.