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State Approaches to Consumer Assistance Training

Aug 2013

With open enrollment drawing near, exchanges are mobilizing their efforts to provide assistance to individuals who will begin enrolling in coverage options in October. This chart highlights the approaches states have taken to develop education and training for the individuals who will provide enrollment assistance through Navigator and In-Person Assister (IPA) programs. 


Quantifying Tax Credits for People Now Buying Insurance on Their Own

Aug 2013

A number of states have recently released information on what premiums will be in the individual insurance market in 2014, when significant changes in that market take effect due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, these premiums are in effect “sticker prices” that many people will not pay because they will be eligible for federal tax credits under the ACA to offset the cost of insurance. In this data note, we explain how the tax credits will work and estimate how much premium assistance people now buying their own insurance will be eligible for in 2014.


ACA Implications for State Network Adequacy Standards

Aug 2013

Network adequacy refers to a health plan’s ability to deliver the benefits promised by providing reasonable access to a sufficient number of in-network primary care and specialty physicians, as well as all health care services included under the terms of the contract. States have taken different approaches in regulating the adequacy of health plan networks based on their state-specific market, and states have a variety of options available to maintain robust health insurance markets by balancing access needs with the goals of controlling costs and attracting a healthy number of insurers. This brief, prepared by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, explores some of the discrepancies that can arise with varying network adequacy standards and provides examples of how some states have resolved such issues.


State and Local Coverage Changes Under Full Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Aug 2013

This brief provides highlights from new state and sub-state estimates of how the number and composition of individuals enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP would change with full implementation of the ACA, including the Medicaid expansion. These estimates provide more detail on the projected coverage changes under the ACA at the state level than in prior research. They also provide new information on the expected coverage changes resulting from the ACA at the local level in all states. This analysis demonstrates that there is substantial variation across and within states in the magnitude and composition of the population that is projected to gain Medicaid coverage under the ACA. These estimates also provide guidance on the areas that are likely to experience the largest declines in the uninsured and where the residual uninsured are likely to be concentrated.


Building State Capacity to Implement Integrated Care Programs for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees

Aug 2013

The success of integrated care initiatives for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees will depend in large part on the skills and knowledge of state Medicaid staff. Knowledge of Medicare policy, managed care oversight, data analysis and reporting, and communication strategies will be critical to program implementation. This technical assistance brief examines key areas where states will need to build their internal capacity as they pursue integrated care programs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Focus areas include: basic organizational capacity; contract development; data analysis and information systems; stakeholder communication; rate setting; and quality measurement.


Medicaid Expansion Through Premium Assistance: Arkansas and Iowa’s Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Applications Compared

Aug 2013

Arkansas and Iowa recently released for public comment draft demonstration waiver applications proposing to implement the ACA’s Medicaid expansion by using Medicaid funds as premium assistance to purchase coverage for some or all newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries in Marketplace (formerly called Exchange) Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Arkansas and Iowa seek demonstration waiver authority primarily because they propose to make premium assistance enrollment mandatory for affected beneficiaries. Iowa also proposes to waive its obligation to provide wrap-around benefits. This fact sheet compares the two proposals. 


Health Status of Exchange Enrollees: Putting Rate Shock in Perspective

Aug 2013

This analysis compares the population most likely to enroll in the ACA's nongroup exchanges to those who now have employer coverage, focusing on characteristics related to health risks. If the populations are comparable, unsubsidized premiums in the reformed nongroup market should be set at reasonable levels once reform is fully phased-in. While individuals with higher-than-average health care needs may be somewhat more likely to enroll in the nongroup market in the first year, once past the transition period, the health characteristics of nongroup enrollees can be expected to be quite similar to those with employer-based insurance.


Market Competition Works: Proposed Silver Premiums in the 2014 Individual and Small Group Markets Lower Than Expected

Aug 2013

A goal of the ACA is to increase competition and transparency in the markets for individual and small group insurance, leading to higher quality, more affordable products. To date, this proposition has largely been based on theory. However, information on proposed premiums in the individual and small group markets has recently been made available by selected states, and it is now possible to move from theoretical arguments to data-driven analysis. This research brief analyzes proposed rates in the individual market for 2014 in the eleven states that have made information available, and compares these rates to those estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 


Update on Eligibility for Exemptions from the Personal Responsibility Tax Penalty and Designating Certain Health Benefits Covera

Aug 2013

On July 1, 2013, HHS issued final implementing regulations that specify which individuals may be eligible for exemptions from the Shared Responsibility penalty payment, a special tax established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that applies to non-exempt individuals who have access to affordable insurance but fail to purchase it. The final rule also explains the role of Exchanges in granting “certificates of exemption” from the penalty payments, and identifies the range of health benefits that the government will consider as satisfying the Act’s “minimum essential coverage” rule. The final rule shows some, but not a lot, of changes from its original proposed form. This update summarizes the highlights of the final rule.


Reevaluating "Made in America"—Two Cost-Containment Ideas from Abroad

Jul 2013

In the United States, per capita spending on health care is more than double that in most other high-income, industrialized countries, including Australia, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Yet performance on many health outcome measures in the U.S. lags these lower-spending nations. A New England Journal of Medicine Perspective examines two effective cost-containment strategies from abroad: Germany’s bundled payment system and Japan’s volume-driven pricing adjustment.

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