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NAIC, BCBSA to OPM: Don't override state authority

And, by the way, where is that concrete guidance we need, they ask?

In a letter to OPM, NAIC executives, including President Kevin McCarty, stressed the importance of operating the MSP Program in a way that maintains a level playing field among states. (AP file photo)
In a letter to OPM, NAIC executives, including President Kevin McCarty, stressed the importance of operating the MSP Program in a way that maintains a level playing field among states. (AP file photo)

Insurers and state regulators are concerned that the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) draft of its Multi-State Plan (MSP) program application has the potential to conflict with state regulation in addition to other policy issues that could create an unlevel playing field in the health insurance market. 

In recent letters, they told OPM they hope the federal agency avoids establishing new federal network adequacy standards for MSPs that would undermine state standards and impact consumers and the health insurance market for the worse.

Without it, concerns remain, insurers and state regulators told OPM separately.

BCBSA said many critical details, such as insurance reforms, requirements for interconnectivity between health plans, Treasury, HHS, exchanges and the financial administration of the plans remain unknown. 

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