Friday Five – December 22, 2017
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the status of CHIP, individuals still eligible to enroll for 2018 health coverage, the end of funding for designated state health programs, and the anticipated impact of the tax bill on health care.
Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage ended on December 15, with a few exceptions. This Kaiser Family Foundation chart breaks down who is still eligible to enroll, including residents of certain states and individuals whose 2017 coverage was discontinued.
States have begun notifying families that CHIP funding may expire. CBS News recommends that parents check their state’s CHIP funding status, find out how the program is structured, and advocate for funding reauthorization. Most states will run out of funds by March 2018.
An article in Health Exec confirms that CMS will no longer approve Section 1115 waivers that include funding for Designated State Health Programs. States already receiving funding will continue to do so until their waiver expires.
Vox reports on the anticipated health care impacts of the pending tax bill, including repeal of the individual mandate and retention of the medical expenses deduction.
A repeal of the insurance mandate, anticipated to pass within the Republican tax bill, is expected to increase insurance premiums and lower enrollment. According to the New York Times, the CBO estimates that premiums will increase by 10% and more than 4 million more people will be uninsured in 2019.