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PPACA Watchers: Multi-State Plans Still Coming

PPACA Toolbox (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
PPACA Toolbox (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Officials at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could issue the regulations needed to set up a new type of health plan -- a multi-state plan (MSP) -- this spring.

Trish Riley and Jane Hyatt Thorpe, health policy researchers at Georgetown University, talk about the MSP program in a paper distributed by Georgetown University.

The opportunity could be a large one: The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 23 million non-elderly individuals could be obtaining coverage through the exchanges by 2017.

"MSPs must offer uniform essential health benefits in every state in which they operate and be available in all geographic regions and in all states that adopted a community-based rating system for setting premiums prior to the passage of [PPACA] (e.g., rating systems that take into account the health of the entire population and not certain subgroups)," Riley and Hyatt Thorpe write.

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