Expert Perspectives

Feb 7, 2020 

Open Enrollment Recap: States Driving Progress

As we round out the seventh year of ACA open enrollment, State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS) is reflecting on the successful steps that states have taken to provide quality, affordable health coverage to more residents and draw on lessons learned as this work moves forward.  SHVS is excited to launch a series of posts featuring policy and outreach strategies states are employing to meet the needs of their residents. This Expert Perspective highlights some of the key ways in which states are driving efforts to increase enrollment this past open enrollment period. Subsequent posts will include deep dives into certain specific state policies and outreach strategies, such as plan standardization and targeted outreach to address health disparities in coverage.

Nov 18, 2019 

Standardizing Health Plan Benefit Design: Opportunities and Implications for States

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.

Oct 18, 2019 

New Policy Regarding Uninsured Noncitizens

On October 4, the President issued a proclamation that requires immigrants to show that they have health insurance or can pay medical expenses out of pocket in order to receive a visa. The proclamation will impact individuals applying for a visa with the Department of State (DOS) through consular offices abroad. In this expert perspective, Manatt Health reviews this latest policy regarding uninsured noncitizens and provides their take on implications for states.