: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) held a state-partner webinar on January 15th
discussing effects on kids and families in the proposed federal rules on employer’s obligation to offer coverage. The webinar also provided an update on state-based Exchanges that received conditional approval for their blueprints and new guidance released by CMS on State Partnership Exchanges. On February 4th
, CCF hosted a state partner call with CMS on Medicaid and Exchange proposed regulations released on January 22nd
covering: structure and options around Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange eligibility notices and appeals; benefits and cost-sharing; streamlining eligibility categories; and standards for certifying application counselors. In addition, CCF's Say Ahhh! Blog published a post
regarding the IRS’s Minimum Essential Coverage final rule. The blog stated that due to the rule including a “family penalty”, hundreds of thousands of children will not be able to access subsides for private health insurance. Jocelyn A. Guyer, Executive Director of CCF, was also quoted in the New York Times
stating that the rule “is bad news for Kids”.