On November 16, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar, with technical experts from Manatt Health, on H.R. 6, The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (the “SUPPORT Act”) which was signed into law on October 25. Most stakeholders agree that the bill is a significant step forward in addressing the opioid epidemic, reflecting a range of important policy changes such as initiatives to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), new grant, pilot and demonstration projects, and a series of changes to Medicaid and Medicare. During the webinar, experts from Manatt Health reviewed major health provisions of the new law and implications for states.
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury recently released proposed regulations loosening the rules governing health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) and other account-based, tax-preferred health care benefits. The proposed rule represents the third of the three policy changes initiated by the October 12, 2017 Executive Order, which also called for loosening the rules on short-term limited-duration coverage and association health plans. Like those changes, the HRA proposed rule could have profound implications for health insurance markets, consumers, and Marketplaces.
On Wednesday, November 28, State Health and Value Strategies will host a webinar for state officials with technical experts to discuss the implications of the HRA rule and possible state responses. The webinar will feature Jason Levitis, who led ACA implementation at the U.S. Treasury Department, as well as experts from Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and from Manatt Health.