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 Network Annual Meeting Plenary Presentations
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. The video clip of Governor Kitzhaber’s opening plenary speech can be downloaded below by clicking on the video icon below. Len Nichols gave a presentation on the next steps for health reform implementation after the Supreme Court decision and lessons to be learned from United States history on the challenges that lay ahead. Jeanene Smith provided an overview of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations and its triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. These plenary slides can be viewed individually by clicking on the links below or downloaded as one document by clicking the ‘download’ button to the left.
Len Nichols’ Lunch Plenary presentation: Health Reform Implementation: What the Heck Do We Do Now?
Jeanene Smith’s Lunch Plenary presentation: Transforming the Oregon Health Plan: Coordinated Care Organizations