April 28 – May 4, 2015

New Enrollment Report Shows Medicaid and CHIP Covering 11.7 Million More Americans Than in October 2013: Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) continues to climb, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ latest monthly enrollment report that was released May 1. From the beginning of the first open enrollment period in October 2013 through February 2015, 11.7 million more Americans enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Medicaid-expansion states saw an enrollment increase of 27 percent, while enrollment in non-expansion states increased by 8 percent.

Simplified Opportunity for People to Get Covered Outside of Open Enrollment if They Leave the Medicaid Gap: Starting April 28, consumers in states with federally facilitated marketplaces who had previously been in the Medicaid gap but now qualify for marketplace tax credits could get covered through a streamlined Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

State-Based Marketplace Updates:

  • California: On April 28, Covered California announced that more than 33,000 people had enrolled in marketplace coverage through the SEP for uninsured consumers who had been unaware of the fine for not having health insurance. In most states, including California, the SEP ended on April 30.
  • Colorado: Starting May 8, Kevin Patterson will take over as interim CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. The board of directors for the marketplace will work with state legislature to identify and nominate a permanent CEO.
  • New York: On April 17, New York State of Health announced it would launch a Basic Health Program (BHP) for the 2016 plan year. BHP is an optional program that allows states to design and offer more affordable coverage to consumers with incomes between 138 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Under the BHP plan, New Yorkers with incomes at or below 150 percent FPL will not have to pay any premiums, and premiums will be capped at $20 for consumers at 200 percent FPL.
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