In 2019, the Washington legislature enacted a bill requiring insurers on the state’s health insurance exchange to offer plans with standardized benefit designs, beginning in 2021. Colorado and Maryland are considering similar requirements. As these and other states consider the option of standardized health plans, they can benefit from the experiences of California, the District of Columbia (D.C.), Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont, all of which require insurers to offer standardized benefit designs. This Expert Perspective outlines benefits and risks of plan standardization, and raises critical questions that states will need to consider, and offers a decision roadmap for states implementing a standardized benefit design requirement.
State Milestones for ACA Implementation
Manatt Health Solutions
This State Milestones document, prepared by Manatt Health Solutions, identifies critical Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation milestones states are striving to achieve by the end of 2012. Organized under the major areas of Health Insurance Exchange, Private Insurance Market Reforms and Medicaid Expansion, these milestones are key checkpoints for states to stay on track towards obtaining federal approval for state-based exchanges and meeting 2014 implementation deadlines. This document may be used to inform and educate various audiences, including public officials and health care stakeholders, regarding the priorities for state health care reform through the end of the year.