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.
Premium Allocation and Employer Contribution Strategies for SHOP
Wakely Consulting Group – Jon Kingsdale and Mary Hegemann
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. A key challenge in promoting employee choice in the SHOP is developing premium rating methods that do not discriminate against older employees, but that will support (a) employee choice of health plans based on value (including premiums), (b) a defined employer contribution, (c) a fair allocation of premiums among issuers, and (d) a premium invoice which employers can understand. This brief explores six options that SHOP exchanges can consider for resolving these issues.