Private Coverage & Exchanges

Latest Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters. This notice increases state flexibility to determine essential health benefits, and could result in children not having access to — or paying more for — needed services. It also shifts responsibility for the review of network adequacy in plans sold through the federally facilitated Exchanges from the federal government to the states and reduces the minimum percentage of essential community providers (ECPs) — including children’s hospital ECPs — that must be in Exchange plan networks. The annual notice sets standards for health plans in the Exchanges and, in some instances, private insurance outside the Exchanges.


Resources

Letter or Testimony
Allied Children's Groups Comment on Association Health Plan Proposed Rule
March 9, 2018

Eight allied children's organizations expressed strong concerns to the Department of Labor about its proposed rule on Association Health Plans for ...

Sample or Template
Template Comments on Association Health Plans Proposed Rule
March 1, 2018

Children’s hospitals are encouraged to weigh in with the Department of Labor (DOL) on its proposed rule that would expand access to association ...

Analysis or Summary
2017 State Child Health Policy Trends
January 19, 2018

CHA's Policy Analysis team reached out to government relations professionals to inform our understanding of the state policy issues impacting ...

Letter or Testimony
Joint Comment Letters on 2019 Draft Exchange/Commercial Plan Guidance
December 1, 2017

CHA spearheaded a joint comment letter from eight allied children’s groups on the 2019 Draft Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) and also ...

Analysis or Summary
Summary of 2019 Proposed Benefit and Payment Notice
November 10, 2017

Summary of the proposed 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, highlighting provisions that have potential implications for children.

Analysis or Summary
Association Health Plans and Other Aspects of Executive Order on Health Care Choice
November 9, 2017

The president signed an Executive Order (EO) that could allow for the sale of private insurance plans that do not comply with ACA requirements.

Fact Sheet
Chart of Key Affordable Care Act Insurance Market Reforms Affecting Children
October 25, 2017

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

Analysis or Summary
Summary of Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017
October 20, 2017

Summary of the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wa.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Revised Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Bill
September 26, 2017

A high level summary of Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill and key provisions impacting children.

Issue Brief
Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers
September 14, 2017

Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to seek a waiver of key coverage provisions in the law and to experiment with different ...

Letter or Testimony
CHA Comments on RFI on Market Stabilization and Consumer Choice
July 13, 2017

CHA’s response to CMS focused on access to appropriate providers, affordable care for complex and chronic conditions, and the ability to make ...

Analysis or Summary
BCRA/AHCA Comparison with Current Law
July 7, 2017

CHA has developed a chart comparing the House and Senate ACA repeal legislation with current law.

Analysis or Summary
Key Provisions in the BCRA that Impact Children's Coverage
June 28, 2017

This CHA factsheet provides a brief overview of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) provisions with implications for children’s ...

Analysis or Summary
Better Care Reconciliation Act Bill Summary
June 23, 2017

CHA developed a summary of the relevant provisions in the discussion draft related to children’s health for the The Better Care Reconciliation Act of ...

Analysis or Summary
Summary of Request for Information on Regulatory Relief/Consumer Choice
June 16, 2017

CMS seeks input on ways to create a more patient-centered health care system and stabilize health insurance markets.

Analysis or Summary
American Health Care Act: Provisions Impacting Children
June 1, 2017

The American Health Care Act would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap system in 2020, limiting future federal funding to the states and risking ...

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Exchanges: Final Rule Summaries, Parts I and II
May 31, 2017

On July 15, 2013, CMS published the final rule implementing provisions of the ACA affecting Medicaid, CHIP and the Exchanges.

Analysis or Summary
Final Market Stabilization Rule Summary
May 5, 2017

CMS released the final Market Stabilization rule, which changes certain standards for Exchange plans as well as some requirements for plans in the ...

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Invisible High-risk Pool Amendment to AHCA
April 13, 2017

The AHCA would create a federal invisible high-risk pool for private insurance plans in the individual market.

Letter or Testimony
Comment Letters on Market Stabilization Proposed Rule
March 9, 2017

CHA submitted comments with allied organizations to CMS on the agency's proposed Market Stabilization rule.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of ACA Market Stabilization Proposed Rule
February 24, 2017

On Feb. 17, CMS released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the private insurance market and ensure families continue to have private health ...

Analysis or Summary
2016 State Policy Trends Memo
February 20, 2017

During the summer and fall of 2016, CHA reached out to government relations professionals to inform our understanding of the state policy issues ...

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Cassidy, Collins ACA Repeal/Replace Bill
February 2, 2017

CHA summary of the Patient Freedom Act of 2017, introduced on Jan. 23 by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME)

Talking Points
Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act for Children
January 10, 2017

The ACA includes important provisions to make children's health care more age-appropriate, affordable, accessible and timely.It is important that ...

Analysis or Summary
Summary of Final 2018 Guidance for Health Plans
January 6, 2017

The CMS notice and letter set standards for qualified health plans and outline specific steps for plans to be certified for sale in the federally ...

Contact

Toolkit

The Capitol building.

Government Relations Toolkit
CHA members can view and print the latest materials for outreach to federal and state lawmakers.

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.