Benefits & Services

CMS, FNS Announce Additional Demonstrations to Evaluate Impacts of Data Sharing

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) Informational Bulletin to notify state Medicaid agencies of an additional demonstration to encourage and analyze interagency data sharing to help eligible students access free and reduced-price school meals. The new demonstration, issued by the U.S. Department […]

New Research Confirms the Public Charge Rule Deters Eligible Immigrant Families from Using Public Benefits

Researchers at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a commentary in December documenting the chilling effects of the public charge rule on immigrant families’ use of benefits. Sadly, the American Community Survey (ACS) data confirm concerns raised by experts and advocates that the new public charge rule would deter large numbers of immigrant-led households from […]

Open Enrollment FAQ of the Week: What Does My Plan Cover?

With Open Enrollment now well underway, consumers are weighing their options for 2021 and trying to find the right plan that meets their health needs. As consumers make their decision, it is important for them to understand what they are buying and what coverage their plan provides. Throughout the enrollment period, the Georgetown University Center […]

What’s New for 2021 Marketplace Enrollment?

By Megan Houston, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms On November 1, the eighth open enrollment period begins for marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This year there are several policy changes that could have an impact on enrollment and affordability of plans on the marketplace including: COVID-19 Pandemic: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic […]

Medicaid and COVID-19

One of Medicaid’s many strengths is its ability to help states respond to public health epidemics. Through Medicaid, federal funds are available on an open-ended basis to match state costs of immunizing, testing, diagnosing, and treating over 71 million low-income Americans in the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease. Which is a good […]