PPACA: Network to Give 10 States Setup Help

A team from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will try to help 10 states get Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health coverage expansion programs up and running.

Heather Howard and Mila Kofman gave a presentation on the foundation's State Network Project earlier this week at a session of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee.

The committee is an arm of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo. The NAIC has been in Atlanta for its summer meeting.

Howard is a health policy specialist at Princeton University, and Kofman, a former Maine insurance superintendent, is a health policy specialist at Georgetown University.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., is a nonprofit organization that promotes efforts to improve public health.

The foundation's State Network Project will include former state and federal regulators. The regulators and other team members will focus on the PPACA health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion, eligibility and enrollment, and insurance market change provisions, Howard and Kofman said, according to a written version of their presentation posted on the NAIC committee's website.

The project team plans to work with state-level PPACA implementers in Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia.

The team could help the targeted states with analyzing proposed rules, developing work plans, writing issue briefs, and running webinars, Howard and Kofman said.

The team also is creating tools that could be used by all states, such as a checklist for a state that wants to see how its current laws mesh with PPACA requirements, Howard and Kofman said.

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