AHA backs CMS' proposed changes to health insurance marketplaces

The American Hospital Association has lauded CMS for proposing steps to improve access to care for those who rely on the health insurance marketplaces for coverage.

The AHA has expressed its support for the following proposals under the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Proposed Rule:

1. Designating two critical behavioral health provider types as "essential community providers." 

2. Designating rural emergency hospitals as "other ECP providers."

3. Providing more opportunities for navigators and other assisters to enroll individuals in coverage, as well as other changes to facilitate enrollment — especially as the COVID-19 public health emergency winds down.

4. Adjusting the requirements related to standardized health plans to support consumers' understanding of their coverage while still allowing plans the flexibility to test different benefit structures.

5. Restricting no-network plans on the marketplaces.

Click here to read the AHA's comments in full.

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