March 17 – March 23, 2015

11.2 Million More Americans Covered by Medicaid/CHIP Since October 2013: On March 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its monthly enrollment report for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The report shows that as of January 2015, 11.2 million more Americans were covered through the two programs since Medicaid expansion took effect in October 2013. Medicaid-expansion states saw an enrollment increase of 26 percent, while enrollment in non-expansion states increased by 8 percent. HHS summarized the report in a blog post and a fact sheet.

Enrollees Who Filed Their Taxes Based on Incorrect Information Not Required to Re-File: On March 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Treasury announced that the vast majority of corrected marketplace tax forms were now available. In addition, no enrollee who had received incorrect information about their financial help on the Form 1095-A will be required to re-file their taxes with a corrected copy, but may want to depending on their situation. The Internal Revenue Service will still not collect any additional taxes from consumers who filed taxes based on incorrect forms.

HHS Updates:

  • Clarifying Marketplace Eligibility for Immigrants Who Can’t Qualify for Medicaid: This week, HHS announced it had resolved a technical issue that had prevented households with multiple consumers who are immigrants with incomes under 100 percent of the federal poverty level and ineligible for Medicaid from getting tax credits.
  • Summary of Benefits and Coverage: A new fact sheet from HHS is designed to help assisters interpret each health plan’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage and assist consumers in comparing coverage options.

State-Based Marketplace (SBM) Updates:

  • Hawaii: On March 20, the Hawaii Health Connector became the latest state to announce that uninsured consumers could get covered for 2015 through a Special Enrollment Period if they faced a fine for not having health coverage in 2014. See our blog for a collection of dates and policies for SBM-specific SEPs during tax filing season.
  • Minnesota: At a March 12 meeting, MNsure’s board of directors approved a three-year financial plan with a lower projection of expected marketplace enrollment. The updated projection is due, in part, to economic growth leading to more Minnesotans obtaining health coverage through an employer.
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