Arkansas: Senate Passes Bill to Hold State-based Marketplace While Awaiting King v. Burwell Outcome

The State Senate passed SB343, which prevents the implementation of a State-based Marketplace (SBM) in Arkansas before the King v. Burwell ruling. The bill, which heads to the House of Representatives next, lays out two scenarios:

  • If the Supreme Court rules that federal subsidies are allowable through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM), the State will move forward with its existing plans to establish a SBM for coverage year 2017.
  • If the Supreme Court rules that federal subsidies are not allowable through states using the FFM, the State Legislature will have the authority to reassess the State’s health exchange options and must reauthorize the policy to implement a SBM.

A second bill currently under committee review in the House, HB1492, would prohibit the establishment of a SBM regardless of the Supreme Court case.

California: Governor Appoints Two New Members to Marketplace Board

Governor Jerry Brown (D) announced the appointment of two members to the Covered California Board of Directors—Genoveva Islas of the Public Health Institute and Marty Morgenstern, formerly of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. If confirmed by the State Senate, the two appointees will replace Kim Belshé and Susan Kennedy, who were originally appointed to the Board by Governor Schwarzenegger (R). The five-member Board is comprised of two members selected by the Governor, two selected by the Legislature, and the Secretary of the California Department of Health and Human Services.