Arizona: Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting ACA Implementation
Less than one month after it passed the Arizona House of Representatives, Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed HR 2643 into law, barring the state from using any personnel or money to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the ACA. Because the new law specifically bans the state from funding or implementing a State-based Marketplace, there is concern that it limits Arizona's options should the Supreme Court find that subsidies cannot be made available to individuals in states using the Federally-facilitated Marketplace in King v. Burwell. Governor Ducey said the State will have a "plan of action" ready should the subsidies be struck down, reports the Arizona Republic.
Colorado: Marketplace Board Approves $5.1 Million to Fix Online Enrollment
Connect for Health Colorado’s Board unanimously approved up to $5.1 million in funding to fix technological issues that have hindered online enrollment, with an estimated future savings of $6 million within 15 months. Because issues related to online enrollment resulted in inflated spending on the marketplace's call center in 2015, the outlined technological improvements are expected to result in higher enrollment and lower call center costs. In addition, Connect for Health Colorado is reportedly considering raising the 1.4% plan fee to 3.5% in order to raise additional revenue, the same amount assessed in states participating in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace.