In 2019, the Washington legislature enacted a bill requiring insurers on the state’s health insurance exchange to offer plans with standardized benefit designs, beginning in 2021. Colorado and Maryland are considering similar requirements. As these and other states consider the option of standardized health plans, they can benefit from the experiences of California, the District of Columbia (D.C.), Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont, all of which require insurers to offer standardized benefit designs. This Expert Perspective outlines benefits and risks of plan standardization, and raises critical questions that states will need to consider, and offers a decision roadmap for states implementing a standardized benefit design requirement.
1332 State Innovation Waivers: Lessons Learned from the Basic Health Program
Manatt Health Solutions
The State Network 1332 Waivers Affinity Group webinar series continued with a new presentation from the team at Manatt Health Solutions. This webinar focused on funding issues, and dove into the mechanics of repurposing existing federal subsidies under a different coverage affordability model. This ongoing series has included presentations providing an overview of the basics around these waivers, including statutory guardrails, discussions on what can and cannot be waived, potential opportunities available to states through the waiver process, and potential coordination between 1332 and 1115 waivers. Prior installments of this webinar series are available in the State Network 1332 Waivers Resource Library.