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.
Health Reform: What the Affordable Care Act Means for American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
Center for Health Care Strategies – Carolyn Ingram; National Academy for State Health Policy – Alice Weiss; New Mexico Human Services Department – Priscilla Caverly
The coverage expansions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have profound impacts on American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations. In addition to special eligibility and enrollment rules, there are also considerations for the intersection of ACA coverage expansions with the existing Indian Health Service. Health reform not only provides an opportunity for increased access to care for American Indian populations but also promoting tribal engagement. This webinar addressed the impact of ACA provisions on AI/AN populations, with special insight from New Mexico regarding its ongoing work in this area. The slides emphasize the importance of promoting State-Tribal collaboration through tribal consultations and other mediums.
A related issue brief on this topic is also available.