Build Back Better Act: Health Coverage Provisions Explained

On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, the budget reconciliation bill, with the Senate expected to consider the legislation in coming weeks. The Build Back Better Act includes numerous provisions that would dramatically strengthen and expand both public and private health insurance coverage. Some of the new provisions […]

Three New State-Based Marketplaces Are Up and Running

By Rachel Swindle We’re a week into Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace open enrollment, and it looks like the three newest marketplaces, Kentucky, Maine, and New Mexico, are off to a solid start. These three states successfully transitioned this year from the federal marketplace platform, HealthCare.gov, to a full state-based marketplace (SBM). They join fourteen other states and the District […]

New and Improved Navigator Resource Guide Answers Common Enrollment Questions, Spotlights Innovative Outreach for Communities of Focus

November 1 marked the start of the Affordable Care Act’s eighth open enrollment season in most states. To help marketplace Navigators and others assisting consumers with marketplace eligibility and enrollment, we at CHIR have updated and improved our Navigator Resource Guide. The Guide is a practical, hands-on resource with over 300 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on topics such as marketplace eligibility, premium and […]

Misleading Marketing of Non-ACA Health Plans Continued During COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period

By Dania Palanker and JoAnn Volk Millions of Americans are eligible for health insurance plans with low or no premiums and significantly reduced cost-sharing this coming open enrollment period thanks to enhanced marketplace subsidies under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). But misleading marketing practices may direct some consumers to alternative plans that lack the Affordable Care […]

Build Back Better Reconciliation Bill Would Take Big Strides in Expanding Health Coverage and Access for Children and Families

[Editor’s Note: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a revised Build Back Better Act budget reconciliation bill on November 19, 2021. This brief  by Georgetown University CCF and CHIR explain the Medicaid, CHIP, and private health insurance provisions.]  Yesterday, the House Rules Committee unveiled a compromise reconciliation bill which includes numerous provisions that dramatically strengthen […]

What’s New for 2022 Marketplace Enrollment?

Open Enrollment is just around the corner. There are new policies for the marketplace in 2022, including an expansion of opportunities to sign up for health coverage during and outside the annual open enrollment period. There are also new opportunities to get financial help with the enactment of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Here […]