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Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by 10.8% between February and November 2020 to approximately 78 million, according to an issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The growth in the safety-net insurance programs follows a two-year trend of declining enrollment. “Increases in enrollment reflect changes in the economy (as more people experience income and job loss and become eligible and enroll in Medicaid and CHIP coverage) and provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that require states to ensure continuous coverage to current Medicaid and CHIP enrollees to access a temporary increase in the Medicaid/CHIP match rates,” the brief said. Read more at https://bit.ly/39Lg97F.

Making the expanded Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace tax credits included in the American Rescue Plan permanent would lower the national uninsured rate by 4.2 million, according to an analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Urban Institute. Individuals who already qualified for premium tax credits under the ACA will see more generous financial aid, including expanded access to zero- premium plans for lower-income people. In addition, people whose incomes were too high to qualify for subsidies will be eligible for reduced premiums for the first time thanks to a provision that caps marketplace premiums at 8.5% of all enrollees’ income. The subsidies are currently set to expire after 2022. Read more at https://rwjf.ws/3docTB4.

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