Proposed Rule on Basic Health Program Impedes States’ Progress

Recently, CMS issued a proposed rule modifying the federal funding methodology for the Basic Health Program (BHP) for 2019 and 2020. Under the proposal, technical changes could cause participating states to lose $300 million in federal funding. While funding for the programs is being debated, we checked in on how Minnesota and New York’s BHPs are faring amidst federal uncertainty. Continue reading

One Step Closer to the Basic Health Program

The Basic Health Program was included in the Affordable Care Act to provide states with an alternative coverage option for low-income adults. The Obama Administration recently proposed rules to govern the program. Our colleague Sonya Schwartz at Georgetown’s Center for Children for Children and Families suggests a few improvements to make the program more effective for consumers. Continue reading