As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.
Analysis of the Trump Administration’s Proposed Short-Term Health Plan Rule: Implications for States
Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and Manatt Health
The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released a proposed rule to implement the President’s October 12, 2017 executive order calling for expanded availability of short-term limited duration health plans that do not have to comply with Affordable Care Act standards. The proposed rule would relax current federal rules by allowing short-term plans to be sold for a duration of up to 12 months. It also modifies required consumer disclosures about these products. State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar, together with experts from Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and Manatt Health and others, that reviewed the proposed rule and its implications for state insurance markets and consumers. The webinar also flagged specific areas in which the federal agencies are asking for input from states and other stakeholders.
We also have an expert perspective up on our website by Sabrina Corlette, JoAnne Volk and Justin Giovannelli from Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms that examines the proposed rule in detail and provides options for state responses to short-term limited duration health plans.