HHS Expected to Roll Back Medicaid and Community Based Services Regulations
On Monday, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price released a letter addressed to US Governors in which he discusses the role of states in the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
In the letter, Price encourages the use of the ACA's 1332 waivers to stabilize insurance exchange markets by setting up state-based reinsurance programs and high-risk pools. Under those waivers, states would have to cover a population comparable to that which would be covered otherwise.
This step is expected to be part of a larger effort to roll back healthcare rulings including Community-Based Services Regulation, and Medicaid Managed Care Regulations. The goal is to turn Medicaid into a per-capita cap system under the American Health Care Act, by setting a national set of minimum policies that managed care plans have to meet.
CHAP will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they are made available.