On Oct. 1, by a vote of 214 – 207, the House passed a revised version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, mostly along party lines. The bill is all but certain to not be considered in the Senate. President Trump announced via Twitter on Oct. 6 that there will be no further negotiations on a relief bill until after the election.

The revised HEROES Act included two of NADP’s priorities:

  1. An increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) by 14% (up from 6.2% in the CURES Act) until Sept. 30, 2021
  2. A two-month special open enrollment period on the federal exchanges

While the bill did not include subsidies for COBRA plans, it would give unemployed individuals the maximum Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC) on the federal exchanges if they enroll regardless of income level unless eligible for other coverage (Medicare or Medicaid). 

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