The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases access to health insurance beginning in 2014 through a coordinated system of "insurance affordability programs," including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), premium tax credits for coverage provided through new Health Benefit Exchanges (Exchanges), and optional state-established Basic Health Programs. It also provides for coordinated, streamlined enrollment processes for these programs. On March 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to implement the ACA provisions relating to Medicaid eligibility, enrollment simplification, and coordination. This brief summarizes the major provisions of the rule, which is effective January 1, 2014.
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