The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP”) to create new marketplaces for small employers (and employees) to shop for and purchase employer subsidized health insurance coverage. In addition to small business tax credits, the primary value proposition for the SHOP is to facilitate employee choice.
Chad Shearer, Deputy Director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, presented at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Western Zone Meeting held September 22, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. The presentation gave an overview of the State Network and tools developed by the program specifically for insurance regulators.
In order to assist states in accomplishing tasks related to insurance market reforms and certification and management of qualified health plans, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute has developed a toolkit for insurance departments. Many Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation issues fall squarely within existing state insurance regulatory functions.
Heather Howard, Director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, and Mila Kofman, Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, presented at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Summer National Meeting held from August 11-14, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.
The State Health Reform Assistance Network hosted its Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon to bring together state officials and State Network technical assistance providers for a three day intensive meeting from July 11-13, 2012. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for state officials to hear from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Len Nichols, and Jeanene Smith during plenary sessions.
This brief, prepared by State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), overviews the SHADAC Projection Model, a complex spreadsheet model that states can use to estimate the impacts of policy changes on health insurance coverage.
Managing State-Level ACA Implementation Through Interagency Collaboration” was developed by Shelly Ten Napel and the State Network team to describe the early lessons learned from state officials and technical experts related to the leadership and coordination strategies needed to successfully implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the state level.
On May 18, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finalized regulations related to health insurance premium tax credits authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for certain lower-income individuals who enroll in qualified health plans (QHPs) through Exchanges.
This State Network sponsored Small Group Convening was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from April 30- May 1, 2012. The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) and other technical experts led sessions to aid state officials in developing an effective evaluation framework in the context of the Affordable Care Act.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) much of the expanded coverage will be provided through health insurers offering products on the new health benefit exchanges (exchanges). By compensating issuers for the risks related to the individuals they enroll, provisions related to reinsurance, risk corridors and risk adjustment are designed to lessen the financial risk issuers and exchanges will face under the ACA.