The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Plan Choice Challenge: Winning Tools and Considerations for States
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Plan Choice Challenge” was a recent competition facilitated by Health 2.0 to spur the development of innovative technology applications that better support consumers as they shop for and purchase health insurance. The State Network and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently hosted a webinar featuring background on the challenge from Health 2.0, an overview of the winning apps, and insights on what states should consider as they explore plan selection tools.
Waivers available under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act offer potentially great flexibility to states in achieving the goals of the ACA through very different means than originally envisioned. They take effect as early as January 1, 2017, and require legislative authorization, substantial public engagement, and negotiation with the federal government. Moreover, without grant dollars to fund the development process, unlike for the establishment of state-based exchanges, 1332 waiver proposals will present additional time and resource challenges for states.
States have long been the testing ground for new models of health care and coverage. Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in less than two years, throws open the door to innovation by authorizing states to rethink the law’s coverage designs. Under State Innovation Waivers, states can modify the rules regarding covered benefits, subsidies, insurance marketplaces, and individual and employer mandates.
he Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already greatly expanding individual health insurance coverage, particularly among lower-income uninsured individuals. However, this is neither easy nor inexpensive to sustain, and it will require ongoing, effective public-private partnerships on multiple levels. One potential partnership opportunity is with “web brokers” who sell individual health insurance online, functioning as private distribution channels in a fashion similar to the new Marketplaces and offering a choice of health plans from multiple insurers, while relying primarily on websites and call centers for customer service.
Implementation of the health insurance marketplaces has been an ongoing challenge across the country in the initial months of open enrollment. While state marketplaces are still evolving, and some are experiencing their own implementation challenges, they are largely working. This brief, prepared by the team at Manatt Health Solutions, looks at five state marketplaces to assess early lessons that might help to explain early enrollment trends.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make health insurance more accessible to millions of Americans. To effectuate coverage, flexible payment methods will help ensure insurance accessibility is not hampered by the absence of a traditional bank account, an all too common scenario for many uninsured households.
The National Governors Association (NGA) and State Network hosted a webinar entitled ‘Strategies for Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans for Health Insurance Marketplaces’ on September 10, 2013.
The Illinois Health Reform Implementation Council convened on July 23, 2013 to discuss progress on the state’s partnership Marketplace. Among those updates was a presentation by State Network director, Heather Howard, and deputy director Chad Shearer on the current role of the network in providing technical assistance to Illinois, an overview of the previous/current assistance, and discussion of potential opportunities for assisting the state moving forward.
This brief, prepared by Wakely Consulting Group, analyzes different options for premium rating methods for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange. The details of the billing/employer contribution approaches are explored and insights are given into the benefits and challenges of each method.
The State Coverage Initiatives program, in coordination with the State Network, hosted a webinar Tuesday, July 23 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EDT to discuss Small Business Health Option Programs (SHOP) notices and appeals. Sharon Woda and Adam Block from Manatt Health Solutions, and Lisa Sbrana and Kelly Smith from the New York Health Benefit Exchange (NYHBE) facilitated this event.