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.
Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule
In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule making significant changes affecting Medicaid supplemental payments and financing mechanisms, including provider taxes and intergovernmental transfers (IGTs). On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm EST, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar on the proposed rule, facilitated by experts at Manatt Health.
The proposed fiscal accountability rule would, if finalized, sharply limit states’ abilities to use IGTs to fund their Medicaid programs and require many states to redesign aspects of their provider taxes, with resulting serious ramifications for many states’ Medicaid budgets. Additionally, the proposed rule would impose various reporting and approval requirements on supplemental payments. Further, many of the provisions in the proposed rule would provide CMS with considerable discretion to approve or disapprove payments or financing structures, leaving states uncertain of whether their programs comply with federal requirements. The webinar provided an overview of the proposed rule, highlighting the provisions with the most significant implications for states, and also discussed how the rulemaking process may unfold over the next several months and what states can do to prepare. The experts at Manatt Health published an analysis of the proposed rule and potential implications for states which you may find helpful.