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Montana Health Insurance Updates Montana HealthCare Forum Presented by Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Montana State Auditor November 4,
2013 Montana Health Insurance Legislation Rate Review for Health Insurance—HB 87 Patient-Centered Medical Home Program—SB 84 Cancer Clinical Trials—SB 55 Network Adequacy for PPO’s—HB 544 Navigator/assister/producer training and certification—HB 250 2
State-based Rate Review – HB87 The CSI introduced a bill to the 2013 legislature to create effective rate review authority for Montana. House Bill 87 (sponsored by Rep. Welborn) passed and is now law. For the first time, the Montana insurance commissioner has rate review authority. Montana has taken back rate review authority from the federal government. 3
In 2014, the ACA requires that adjusted community rating apply to the individual and small employer group markets Issuers may not vary rates for individuals or small groups based on health status or claims history Issuers must maintain a single risk pool and may vary rates based on: Age (3:1 maximum) Tobacco use (1:5:1 maximum) 4 geographic areas in Montana Rate Review
Benefits of Rate Review Montana consumers have already benefited: – One company lowered rates by 7 percent. – A second lowered rates by 22 percent. – A third company lowered rates by 66 percent. 6
Patient-Centered Medical Homes – SB84 A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of health care delivery that emphasizes primary health care, coordinated care and prevention. In the PCMH model, insurers pay an incentive based on quality of care, rather than quantity. SB 84 establishes standards and structure for a statewide PCMH program. SB 84 requires CSI to adopt rules to implement provisions of the law. 7
Implementing the Montana PCMH Act Administrative rules were published at the end of September. Appoint the stakeholder council on November 8. Establish a process for recognizing which accrediting organizations meet Montana’s standards. Begin qualifying practices and payers who meet the decided standards in December. Educate the public and promote PCMH across Montana. Working now to incorporate Montana specific standards. 8
Cancer Clinical Trials Senate Bill 55 Passed by the 2013 Montana legislature to clarify coverage of routine costs for patients in approved clinical trials must be covered. Went into effect immediately upon passage. Helps remove insurance uncertainties for doctors and patients, allowing them to focus on fighting the disease instead of coverage for routine costs. Addresses confusion and inconsistency in coverage of routine care patients receive when undergoing a clinical trial.
SB55 Implementation Note that the state law covers cancer only, but the ACA has a similar provision that covers “all life threatening diseases.” (effective ) CSI is still noticing insurance denials of routine care claims. When we explain the law to the company, they pay the claim. CSI will be issuing guidance to insurers soon to remind them of the law. The advisory council developed an Oncology Clinical Trial Treatment Notification Form. – The form is being finalized and is intended to be set as a statewide standard for communication on trials between providers and payers. – CSI will continue education like today to the provider and payer community to ensure the greatest benefit of the law to Montanans. 10
Network Adequacy – HB544 A new network adequacy law in Montana was effective October 1, Most “network-type” health insurance plans, including dental and vision, sold in Montana are “PPO” plans. – The consumer’s cost-sharing is increased if he/she seeks coverage from “out-of-network” healthcare providers. Consumer cost-sharing is substantially reduced or even eliminated if that consumer seeks healthcare services “in- network.” The new law says that a provider network is deemed adequate if it includes 90 % of the hospitals and 80 % of the healthcare providers in the state. Below that threshold percentage, the commissioner may “determine” a network to be adequate. 11
Network Adequacy cont. Below that level, a maximum differential is applied: no more than 25 % cost-sharing difference that the consumer pays for out-of-network services. The commissioner will disapprove a network plan as “misleading” if there is no viable network. Cost-sharing differences between in and out-of-network are significant—as much as four times higher. Consumers should always check the insurer’s list of in-network providers before they choose a health plan. Many of the benefits of the ACA are based on “in-network” costs only. 12
Assistor State Certification– HB250 All navigators, Certified Application Counselors (CACs), and Certified Exchange Producers (CEPs) must complete federal and Montana-specific training be certified. CEPs must complete federal and state training to sell products through the marketplace. CSI developed state-specific training materials. Navigators must pass a background check and take a test. CSI has a list of all certified navigators, CACs, and agents on
Navigators and CACs The ACA allows for two new consumer assistance roles Navigators – contracted through grants from HHS, responsible for performing outreach and education, as well as enrollment assistance Certified Application Counselors – not paid by exchange or federal grants—only offering enrollment assistance Intended for current employees of medical providers and community groups
Navigators and Agents Similarities and Differences Both navigators and agents help consumers by providing marketplace enrollment assistance. Navigators operate only within the Marketplace. Unlike agents, navigators cannot be compensated in any way by insurers. States cannot require that navigators be licensed producers, but they do need state certification and training. Navigators and CACs may NOT recommend specific insurance products.
HB250 Implementation In addition to their federal training, CSI required an online state training for all 3 types of assistors. CSI created to 90 minute webinars, both were required for CACs; one was required for Navigators. Weekly calls with Navigator groups. CSI is a continuous resource for CACs and Navigators. Ongoing regulation of all 3 roles. 16
Certified Assistors as of October 25, 2013 Certified Application Assistors: 69 Navigators: 26 Certified Exchange Producers:
Montana Specific Training Included: Montana specific information on Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids eligibility American Indian ACA benefits Montana specific privacy laws Unlicensed producer activity and the consequences Background information on plan design structure and how to choose a plan Deductibles and other cost-sharing Financial and health considerations Network Adequacy Prescription drug formulary Summary of Benefits and Coverage Multi-State Plans Autism and Mental Health Parity Stand-alone dental plans How to help people who aren’t eligible
Affordable Care Act Marketplace Montana’s federally built, federally maintained Marketplace website is not working properly. visited by more than 11,000 individual Montanans. We’ve answered nearly 1,000 questions from our Ask Away site. Our office has hosted dozens of town hall events to explain the law. 19
Adjusting to Marketplace Problems Continue to do outreach and education. Work with assistors to adapt to problems and help consumers. Answer questions through the website. Montana website made more shopper friendly with a calculator and charts on plan structure and cost break down for people to view without having to go to healthcare.gov. I met with an HHS official just last week to tell my concerns and find out when a fix is expected. 20
Montana is a Plan Management State for the Marketplace The CSI works with the federally facilitated marketplace to alleviate duplication and save consumers time and money. This coordination helps preserve the state regulation of health insurance. CSI’s plan management duties includes: – Recommending qualified health plans to the federally facilitated marketplace. – Using rate review authority to review health insurance rates and their benefits. – Monitoring insurance companies for compliance with state and federal law.