June 15, 2016

Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Changes to be Effective June 17


On June 8, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several strategies it will implement to ensure a robust risk pool in ACA plans in order to forestall premium increases. CMS also announced that June 17 is the date on which it will begin applying a previously described confirmation process for individuals seeking to enroll in a health plan through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Under the new process, consumers will be asked for additional documentation, which is likely to make the process more difficult. See this blog post from Families USA. Model eligibility notices that consumers will receive can be viewed here. Please see the "Webinars" section above for information about a June 23 webinar on SEPs to be offered by Families USA.

ACA RESOURCES

Improving Marketplace Coverage for Children: This blog post from the Georgetown Center for Health Insurance Reform discusses a new report by Georgetown's Center for Children and Families (CCF) considers how the Marketplace compares to other sources of coverage with regard to benefits and costs.

 

Comparing Nondiscrimination Protections under the ACA: This blog post from the Georgetown Center for Health Insurance Reform discusses the final rule implementing the nondiscrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act.