May 20th, 2013
Editor’s note: Health Affairs Blog has been proud to host Tim Jost’s series of posts, “Implementing Health Reform, tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In recent days the implementing agencies — Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury — have been issuing regulations, proposed regulations, frequently asked questions, and other guidances on an almost daily basis, and new posts by Tim have consequently often appeared almost daily as well. Going forward, to keep up with the flow of ACA guidance in an orderly fashion, Tim’s posts will generally appear twice a week, usually Mondays and Thursdays. When major rules or proposed rules are released, such as the final rules on eligibility and appeals, wellness, and the SHOP marketplaces currently under final review by the Office of Management and Budget, we will feature additional posts in Tim’s series.
You can continue to look to Tim’s post for current information on ACA implementation. When new guidance appears, Tim will update his most recent post (a practice we have in fact already begun); we will note that there has been an addition at the beginning of the updated post and normally add the new material at the end of the post, so you can skip rereading the rest. We will also Tweet significant updates. From time to time, we correct a post when we find a typographical error or Tim receives new information as to the meaning of an issuance. If the correction is more than trivial, we will note this as well.
We hope that this new approach will make this series even more useful to our readers.
On May 17, 2013, at the end of an otherwise quiet week, CMS released an interim final rule on the Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). CMS also released a letter to state Medicaid directors on Facilitating Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment and Renewal in 2014. This post will discuss these issuancesRead the rest of this entry »