September 10, 2021
Access & Coverage
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee released its portion of the $3.5 trillion budget bill, proposing permanent coverage of people who fall in the Medicaid expansion gap in states. Through 2024, those individuals would be eligible for ACA premium tax credits with enhanced cost-sharing assistance. In 2025, they will be eligible to enroll in a federal Medicaid program for non-expansion states, to be operated by third party entities. The bill would also establish an ACA reinsurance program; permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program; expand home-and-community-based services in Medicaid; and cover dental, hearing, and vision benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. The committee will hold a full markup of the bill on Monday, September 13. (Press release here; Articles here and here)