The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a blog post
on their Say Ahhh! Blog providing a breakdown of their comments submitted to HHS’s Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange proposed rule released on January 22nd
. CCF’s comments included: developing a contingency plan for states who are not ready by October 1st
; eliminating CHIP waiting periods
; retaining and improving the certified application counselors program
instead of developing a new program; ensuring that newborns of women covered by Medicaid and CHIP are automatically enrolled for coverage; providing former foster care children with coverage up to age 26; strengthening proposed simplifications to paper-based documentation of citizenship; adopting a more inclusive definition of "lawfully present"; and clarifying that the cost-effectiveness test for premium assistance includes the cost of cost-sharing protections. In addition CCF also submitted comments
to HHS on the proposed Single Streamlined Application models and published a blog post
providing an overview of the Essential Health Benefits Final Rule.