On December 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2024, which outlines the rules and regulations for health care plans offered on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Marketplaces. The ACA, passed in 2010, expanded access to affordable, high-quality health care for millions of Americans and is updated annually through the NBPP to make the health care market more accessible for people and families.
Some of the key proposed updates include:
- Increasing access: CMS proposes expanded access to essential community providers (ECPs) such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Family Planning Providers (FPPs), that disproportionately benefit low-income and medically underserved people, as well as mental health facilities and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment centers.
- Improving plan selection: CMS continues to promote standardized plans to ease the plan selection process and ensure that people aren’t overwhelmed by their options.
- Simplifying enrollment processes: CMS proposes changes to make Marketplace enrollment easier for people who find themselves in situations such as losing Medicaid coverage or subject to incorrect plan information.
United States of Care (USofCare) has submitted comments in response to these proposed updates and are supportive of changes that improves coverage options as well as the Marketplace experience to ensure that everyone has access to the health care they need.
USofCare appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes found in this year’s NBPP and we look forward to working with CMS as it considers additional ways to facilitate affordable, comprehensive health insurance for all Americans.