The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued a final methodology and data sources necessary to determine federal payment amounts to be made for program year 2022 to states that elect to establish a Basic Health Program under the Affordable Care Act to offer health benefits coverage to low-income individuals otherwise eligible to purchase coverage through Health Insurance Exchanges. The methodology reflects the effects of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In the states that elect to operate a BHP, the BHP will make affordable health benefits coverage available for individuals under age 65 with household incomes between 133% and 200% of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or affordable employer-sponsored coverage, or for individuals whose income is below these levels but are lawfully present non-citizens ineligible for Medicaid. 

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