The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released additional guidance to states, specifically for states interested in a partnership health insurance exchange. States have until February 15 to decide whether or not to utilize this model. States such as Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota have already expressed interest in participating in a partnership exchange.
According to HHS, the overall goal of the state-federal partnership exchange is “to enable the exchange to benefit from efficiencies when states have existing regulatory authority and capability, and to provide a framework for constructing elements of the federally-facilitated exchange (FFE) to state markets and residents while maintaining a positive and seamless experience for consumers.” This model gives states a considerable amount of involvement in online marketplaceareas such as plan management, consumer assistance and outreach-related activities. This option also allows states to take a more gradual approach in possibly setting up a state-run model in the future, if they so please.
So far, 20 states, including Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Oregon have been conditionally approved to run a state-based or partnership exchange. Be sure to also check out Deltek’s brand new Be Health Insurance Exchange Vertical Profile Application
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