In response to President Trump’s October 12 executive order (EO), the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and Treasury have published proposed rules to expand the availability of health coverage sold through short-term, limited duration insurance (STDLI). The public has until April 23, 2018 to submit comments on these proposed rules; the new standards are slated to be effective 60 days after publication of the final rules.
Updated Network Adequacy Planning Tool for States
Included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are certain requirements regarding the adequacy of provider networks developed by health insurers to deliver covered services to their enrollees. The requirements provide broad parameters within which insurance regulators and other state officials responsible for network adequacy must evaluate the networks of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) operating in their markets. This network adequacy planning tool for states provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation on minimum network adequacy standards. The tool is in Word format, and is designed to be used as a template to assist states in developing analysis plans that will inform discussions around updating network adequacy standards.