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Washington Health Benefit Exchange awarded 2021 State Marketplace Modernization Grant

| Sep 20, 2021 | Washington

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WAHBE) a 2021 State Marketplace Modernization Grant. This initiative was funded through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and will allow the 21 State Marketplaces chosen to modernize or update “any system, program, or technology” to ensure...[ Read More ]

Over 57,000 Washingtonians signed up for health coverage during Special Enrollment Period

| Aug 31, 2021 | Washington

More than 57,000 Washingtonians signed up for health care coverage using Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s insurance marketplace, between Feb. 15 and Aug. 15.  This chunk of time was designated a Special Enrollment Period by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) last February in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: SLCo RFA, Interim study plan, ARPA funds

| May 27, 2021 | Utah

It's mental health awareness month in May. And, though we're at the end of the month, it feels like time to double down on being intentional about addressing our mental health needs. According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, about 53% of Utahns self-attested to "feeling nervous, anxious, or...[ Read More ]

ARP subsidies projected to help over 1.6 million Californians

| Apr 23, 2021 | California

A recent joint publication by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research projected the subsidies passed in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will help over 1.6 million Californians. This number includes 151,000 individual market enrollees who will qualify for subsidies for the first time and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: ARPA funding proposal, Q&A w/Verné Boerner, Budget conversations

| Apr 21, 2021 | Alaska

We are now covering health policy in 15 states and active coverage of federal policy coming out of Washington DC! So, if you'd like to register for our morning briefing, with a run down of all of our reporting across our entire site, you can get signed up here. We'd...[ Read More ]

Governor Dunleavy's proposal for ARPA funds use in Alaska

| Apr 20, 2021 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy released his proposal for use of $1.02 billion federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds directed to the state for discretionary COVID-19 recovery efforts. The ARPA, passed by Congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides an additional $518 million of non-discretionary funds to...[ Read More ]