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.
Consumer Assistance Resource Guide: Immigrant Eligibility
Manatt Health Solutions
Early evidence from across the nation suggests that consumer assisters are playing a vital role in helping people enroll in the new coverage options made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The following resource guide on Immigrant Eligibility is part of a Consumer Assistance Resource Guide series developed to help consumer assisters answer some of the most common eligibility and enrollment questions.
To be eligible for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace or Medicaid, an applicant must be a citizen or meet certain immigration status requirements. This guide, prepared by Manatt Health Solutions, provides an overview of the rules governing immigration eligibility for insurance affordability programs. The guide explains the types of immigrants that are eligible, the process by which immigration status is verified, and the eligibility requirements for families where some members are lawfully present and others are undocumented.