KFF: Up to 14M enrollees could lose Medicaid coverage as states restart eligibility checks

KFF: Up to 14M enrollees could lose Medicaid coverage as states restart eligibility checks

Between 5.3 million and 14.2 million enrollees could lose Medicaid coverage next year as the Biden administration is expected to roll back the program’s continuous coverage provision, a new analysis finds.  The analysis, released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, explores how much enrollment in Medicaid changed during the pandemic, including the impact of a…

ICHRA vs QSEHRA
|

ICHRA vs QSEHRA

If you’re wondering what the difference is between an ICHRA and a QSEHRA, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common questions employers have when looking into what benefits they want to offer to their employees. Both health reimbursement plans, or HRAs, allow employers to provide affordable and personalized benefits to their employees….

Study: Medicare Advantage saves seniors nearly $2K a year compared to fee-for-service

Study: Medicare Advantage saves seniors nearly $2K a year compared to fee-for-service

Seniors save nearly $2,000 on average a year in total healthcare spending in Medicare Advantage (MA) compared to fee-for-service Medicare, a new study finds. The study, published Tuesday, by the advocacy group Better Medicare Alliance finds that seniors spent $1,965 less including premiums and out-of-pocket costs on MA when compared to fee-for-service. “We see particularly…

New Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
| | | |

New Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

The new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals making less than or equal to (≤) 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is expected to be implemented in late March 2022. ≤150% FPL SEP Details APTC-eligible consumers with a projected annual income ≤150% FPL will be able to enroll on a monthly basis:  Eligible consumers who are…

MORE TIME TO ENROLL

MORE TIME TO ENROLL

The Colorado Division of Insurance is offering a Disaster Relief Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans who have been affected by either the Marshall Fire or the surge in Omicron COVID-19 infections. This SEP is in effect from January 16 – March 16, 2022 and is available for both on and off marketplace enrollments. Coloradans will…

COBRA users face end to temporary premium payment help
| |

COBRA users face end to temporary premium payment help

The end of a temporary federal health insurance premium subsidy program could push millions of people into the market for individual and family health coverage Oct. 1. The program, created by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), provided billions of dollars in aid to help displaced workers keep their usual employer-sponsored health benefits…

CMS Extends Open Enrollment Period and Launches Initiatives to Expand Health Coverage Access Nationwide

CMS Extends Open Enrollment Period and Launches Initiatives to Expand Health Coverage Access Nationwide

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is taking a number of steps that will make it easier for the American people to sign up for quality, affordable health coverage and reduce health disparities in communities across the country. Beginning this year, consumers will have an extra 30 days to…

Downstream Impacts of Making American Rescue Plan Act Permanent
| |

Downstream Impacts of Making American Rescue Plan Act Permanent

Making the American Rescue Plan Act permanent could lower costs on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces and eradicate the Medicaid coverage gap, but it would also cost the federal government up to $333 billion in the policy’s first decade, according to a Commonwealth Fund report. The researchers used the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model in order…

WHO says it is monitoring a new Covid variant called ‘mu’
| |

WHO says it is monitoring a new Covid variant called ‘mu’

The World Health Organization is monitoring a new coronavirus variant called “mu,” which the agency says has mutations that have the potential to evade immunity provided by a previous Covid-19 infection or vaccination. Mu — also known by scientists as B.1.621 — was added to the WHO’s list of variants “of interest” on Aug. 30, the international…