Private Coverage & Exchanges

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Over the course of the last year, the administration has issued several rules allowing the sale of health plans that may not cover services children need, give plans and states more flexibility to define essential health benefits, and reduce network adequacy requirements for Exchange plans. These changes could result in children not having access to—or paying more for—needed services. Separately, a Texas court ruled the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional as a result of the repeal of the individual mandate penalty.

COVID-19 Update: our resource hub for children’s hospitals tracks policy-related resources helpful to your work during the COVID-19 crisis.


Analysis or Summary
Draft Comments on Second Surprise Billing Rule
November 22, 2021

The administration issued the second of several anticipated rules related to the No Surprises Act.

Letter or Testimony
Joint children's and habilitation letters in support of strengthening Exchange requirements
July 29, 2021

We joined with allied children's groups and the Habilitation Coalition on letters that express support for key policy changes included in a proposed rule governing Exchange plans.

Fact Sheet
Federal Hospital and Payer Price Disclosure Requirements - Fact Sheet
July 8, 2021

An overview of four regulatory and legislative vehicles that establish discrete hospital and/or payer price disclosure requirements.

Letter or Testimony
HAB Coalition provides habilitation guidance to state insurance regulators
April 29, 2021

The HAB Coalition sent a letter and technical assistance toolkit to every state insurance commissioner.

Letter or Testimony
Coalition Letter to Secretary Becerra on Habilitation Services
April 8, 2021

We signed on to a letter introducing the Habilitation Coalition to HHS.

Fact Sheet
Health Care Coverage Sources for America's Children
April 1, 2021

Children receive health care coverage through an array of programs that protects our nation's kids, and investment in that system remains critical.

Analysis or Summary
Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2021

Multiple packages for COVID-19 relief have passed to date. Read more about them here.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Signs on to Letter to Hill Seeking COBRA Support in COVID-19 Relief Legislation
February 10, 2021

We joined a letter urging Congress to include additional COBRA funding support in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Fact Sheet
Chart of Key Affordable Care Act Insurance Consumer Protections for Children
February 9, 2021

An easy-to-read guide of insurance market reforms under the ACA that are important for children and their families.

Letter or Testimony
Summary of final insurer cost and price transparency rule
January 27, 2021

We developed a summary on a final rule that imposes new cost and price transparency requirements on commercial insurers.

Letter or Testimony
Children's Groups' Joint Comments on Annual Private Insurance Rule
January 6, 2021

Five national children's organizations joined with us in comments to CMS on the 2022 proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP).

2020 State Child Health Policy Trends
December 18, 2020

Our 2020 State Child Health Policy Trends Overview was informed by responses from children’s hospital GRs in 35 states.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of ACA Constitutionality Case
October 22, 2020

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law is unconstitutional.

Analysis or Summary
State Actions to Allow Patient Care Reengagement during the COVID-19 Crisis
August 28, 2020

This chart provides a general snapshot of state officials’ authorizations to permit health care providers to return to full patient care operations.

Analysis or Summary
Section 1557 Final Rule Summary Highlights Roll Back of Nondiscrimination Protections; Impact of Recent Court Actions
August 28, 2020

HHS released a final rule to roll back key aspects of a former rule that implemented the ACA's non-discrimination provisions, known as Section 1557.

Letter or Testimony
CHA, Hospital Group Letter to Congress Reiterating Position on Surprise Billing
July 30, 2020

We sent a letter to congressional leadership reiterating support for protecting patients from surprise bills.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Final Annual Rule for Private Insurers
July 1, 2020

We developed a summary of the final 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Interoperability, Pediatric HIT, Information Blocking and Price Transparency Final Rules
June 19, 2020

CHA developed a summary of proposed rules to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act related to interoperability, electronic health records (EHR) certification, and information blocking.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Comments on Proposed Changes to TRICARE Reimbursement Methodology for Children's Hospitals
January 29, 2020

CHA submitted a comment letter to the DoD on proposed changes to the TRICARE reimbursement methodology.

Analysis or Summary
2019 State Child Health Policy Trends
January 10, 2020

This CHA report provides an analysis of state child health policy trends identified through calls with GRs and state children's hospital associations.

Analysis or Summary
Hospital Negotiated Rates Disclosure Final Rule Summary
December 6, 2019

CMS released the Price Transparency Requirements proposed rule on Nov. 15.

Analysis or Summary
House E&C Subcommittee holds oversight hearing on CMS’ health care actions
October 24, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing examining actions on health insurance coverage under the Trump Administration.

Analysis or Summary
Alston & Bird Backgrounder on Medical Deferred Action Status for Immigrants in Need of Medical Care
September 6, 2019

Alston & Bird prepared a backgrounder on medical deferred action status.


Policy Update Calls

Members receive the latest updates and suggest ways to best influence policy issues that impact children's health and children's hospitals in a weekly conference call.