New Report: States Going Above and Beyond to Create Sustainable Exchanges and Deliver Choice and Value to Consumers

In a new report for The Commonwealth Fund, Sarah Dash, Kevin Lucia, Katie Keith, and Christine Monahan provide a comprehensive look at the critical design decisions made by 17 states and the District of Columbia that chose to establish a state-based exchange for 2014. Sarah Dash has highlights from the report and discusses what the findings mean for stakeholders. Continue reading

Diving Deep on Two New Rate Studies

With the Affordable Care Act’s most significant reforms going into effect in 2014, attention has increasingly turned to the price tag for consumers. Following last week’s release of not one but two analyses on projected health insurance premiums in 2014, the issue is receiving headlines once again. Christine Monahan and Katie Keith report on the major findings from these two analyses and the significant distinctions between them. Continue reading

State of the States: California and Colorado Identify EHB Benchmark Plans

Last week, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation adopting its essential health benefits benchmark plan while Colorado became the eighth state to publically recommend a benchmark plan. Max Levin summarizes these developments and provides an update on state implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefits requirements. Continue reading