In the absence of federal legislation, states are actively seeking 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 to stabilize their health insurance marketplace. SHVS is tracking state activity and has many resources, including a template, for states interested in pursuing a Section 1332 waiver.
Medicaid Managed Care: How States’ Experience Can Inform Exchange Qualified Health Plan Standards
Manatt Health Solutions – Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang and Allison Garcimonde
State Affordable Insurance Exchanges (exchanges) are at the core of the coverage reform in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The exchanges establish a marketplace in which individuals and small employers can compare and select among affordable, quality health insurance options. In this policy brief, supported by the State Network and published by the Center for Health Care Strategies, authors from Manatt Health Solutions examine lessons from Medicaid managed care contracts in six states. The brief notes opportunities for exchanges to “borrow” from and align qualified health plan standards with Medicaid managed care requirements, as well as areas where managed care requirements may need to be modified for adoption in exchanges.