National Health Law Program

Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. The oldest nonprofit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. NHeLP’s lawyers and policy analysts stand up for the rights of the millions of people who struggle to access affordable, quality health care.

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  • KidsWell Partners Issue Alert About Incorrectly Calculating Household Income

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    CCF, NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, issued an alert that has been incorrectly counting social security income for tax dependents. The brief notes that under federal rules, the social security income of children and other tax dependents only counts if the dependent is required to file a tax return, but that has been counting it even if the dependent is not required to file taxes.  

  • NHeLP Outlines 2015 Priorities

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published an e-newsletter outlining the organization’s top priorities and goals for 2015. The newsletter explains NHeLP’s goals and expectations for many issue areas, including: ACA implementation; Medicaid expansion; CHIP; and reproductive health.

  • NHeLP Publishes Summary of 2014 ACA Litigation

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate that provides a summary of significant ACA-related cases in 2014. The e-newsletter examines cases that directly challenge: the ACA; coverage of reproductive health services; Medicaid maintenance of effort requirement; and preemption.

  • NHeLP Publishes Comparison of Medi-Cal and Covered California Benefits

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a fact sheet comparing Medi-Cal benefits to Covered California’s essential health benefits (EHBs). The fact sheet provides an overview of services covered by each program, a list of differences, and considerations to keep in mind when comparing benefits.

  • NHeLP Publishes Lessons From California Focused on State’s Marketplace Renewal Process

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    NHeLP: In this month’s edition of Lessons from California, the National Health Law Program reviews Covered California’s renewal process and how it differs from the FFM renewal process. The newsletter highlights challenges with the renewal process, including limited availability of translated notices for non-English and Spanish speaking populations and coordination between Covered California and Medi-Cal. Despite these challenges, the newsletter predicts most Covered California enrollees will retain coverage with minimal disruption of care in 2015.

  • NHeLP Posts Webinar on Rules for MAGI Determination

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released materials from a webinar it hosted as part of CMS’ navigator and assister training series. The webinar focuses on using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) to calculate a consumer’s total household income for purposes of determining their eligibility for tax credits and subsidies for coverage purchased through a marketplace, as well as eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on Open Enrollment

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate focusing on challenges and concerns regarding the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The newsletter acknowledges the enrollment process has advanced considerably since last year, but points to the shortened timeline and redetermination process as major concerns.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed IRS Rules

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to the IRS on proposed rulemaking related to household composition rules for married persons who experience domestic abuse or spousal abandonment.  

  • KidsWell Partners Submit Comments on Arkansas Private Option

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    CCF, NHeLP: KidsWell partners, the Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) and the National Health Law Program, joined 13 other national and state organizations in submitting comments to CMS regarding the Arkansas Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the “Private Option.” The comments expressed concern about the impact  premiums and co-payments will have on consumers and urged  CMS to deny the request to waive the non-emergency transportation benefit. CCF also blogged about the comments.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed Federal Rule Regarding ACA Contraceptive Coverage

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS regarding a proposed federal rule that would further clarify the definition of “closely held” companies exempt from contraceptive coverage as mandated by the ACA. The comments offer alternatives to the definition of “closely held” corporations and encourage CMS to ensure access to contraceptive services are not unnecessarily impeded. 

  • NHeLP Welcomes Review of Halbig v. Burwell

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s (D.C.) decision to grant an en banc review of the Halbig v. Burwell case. The decision to bring the case before the 11 judge panel vacates the 2-1 decision issued by the D.C. Circuit Court in July, which ruled that ACA tax credits were only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Elizabeth Taylor, executive director for NHeLP stated, “We welcome the Court’s grant of en banc review…The Court…now has the opportunity to interpret the statute based on the full text, consistent with Congress’ intent, just as the Fourth Circuit did.”

  • NHeLP Hosts Webinar on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Decision

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program and the American Public Health Association co-hosted a webinar on the Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that allows closely held companies with religious objections to refuse to cover contraception for its employees. The webinar reviews the ACA contraceptive coverage provisions, the case’s journey to the Supreme Court, the impact of the Court’s decision, and state contraceptive equity laws.

  • NHeLP Comments on Annual Redetermination Process for 2015

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS on the proposed regulations and sub-regulatory guidance released on annual redeterminations. The comments propose recommendations about renewal processes for individuals enrolled in Qualified Health Plans, propose alternative renewal procedures, and provide guidance on Marketplace renewal notices. KidsWell grantee, Community Service Society of New York (CSS), signed onto the comments. 

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • NHeLP Publishes ACA Litigation Primer

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released a newsletter highlighting ongoing ACA litigation.  The newsletter summarizes major cases seeking to: repeal the ACA; strike down the contraceptive coverage requirement; and enforce specific ACA provisions.

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