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CMS Clarifies Medicaid, Health Exchange Provisions From Affordable Care Act

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CMS published a rule Monday that clarifies some provisions of President Obama's healthcare reform law, according to an ASCA report.

The rule provides states some guidance on how to coordinate health exchanges and Medicaid, according to the report. The rule says states should make the healthcare reform transition easier for consumers by requiring a single-response requirement for people wanting to determine whether they are eligible for Medicaid, premium subsidies or nothing. The requirement will go into effect in 2015.

According to the report, CMS also clarified that the agency will make the final decision on eligibility decisions when consumers appeal. In addition, HHS will decide whether employees have access to affordable quality care from their employers.

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