Eight Million Marketplace Enrollees: On April 17, following the conclusion of the 15-day grace period for consumers who attempted to enroll before the March 31 deadline, President Obama announced that eight million Americans had signed up for health plans on the marketplaces since October 2013. The White House also tallied the other ways consumers are gaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including three million more Americans enrolling in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program through the end of February, five million consumers enrolling in off-marketplace plans that meet ACA standards in 2014, and three million more young adults staying on a parent’s plan since 2010 (when that provision of the ACA went into effect).
Hospital Presumptive Eligibility Moving Forward: Implementation of hospital presumptive eligibility for Medicaid continues, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approving six State Plan Amendments (SPAs) to date from Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Oregon, and West Virginia. All states were required to submit SPAs detailing their hospital presumptive eligibility policies by March 31. CMS is in the process of reviewing SPAs for other states now. Enroll America’s presumptive eligibility toolkit provides a regularly updated summary of hospital presumptive eligibility implementation by state.
Comment Period Ends on Proposed Exchange and Insurance Market Standards Rule: Comments on CMS’s proposed rule, Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond, were due April 21. The rule touches on a variety of topics including standards for navigator and certified application counselor programs, renewal and discontinuation notices, and marketplace plans’ operations and quality requirements. Enroll America submitted comments and recommendations to improve the enrollment and retention processes for consumers.
HealthCare.gov Resetting Consumers’ Passwords: Due to the widespread “Heartbleed” internet security flaw, CMS is requiring all HealthCare.gov consumers to reset their passwords before accessing their accounts. CMS reports that there is no indication that consumer information is at risk but that they are taking pre-emptive action to ensure maximum security.