Funding Extended for States to Improve Medicaid Enrollment Systems: On October 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would continue two current funding opportunities for states to improve their enrollment systems: “90/10 funding,” which allows states to receive a 90 percent federal match to update their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems, and a three-year funding extension for states to integrate eligibility systems among health and human services programs. CMS will soon propose regulations to permanently extend “90/10” funding.
CMS Releases Paper Application for 2015 Plan Year: The 2015 paper application for federally facilitated marketplaces (FFM) is now available online. CMS has posted printable versions of the application forms and instructions for individuals and families in English and Spanish, as well as large print versions and application aids for 33 other languages. Starting November 15, FFM consumers can apply for coverage online, by phone (1-800-318-2596), by paper application, or with in-person assistance.
Final 2015 Rates Announced for Nevada: On October 16, the Nevada Division of Insurance released final premium rates for 2015. The state marketplace will offer one-third more plans than last year, and the individual market rates will increase by between 4 and 8 percent.