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Feds propose PPACA multi-state plan regs

The "MSPP" system is a PPACA program that has not been attracting much attention. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing regulations for  a new "Multi-State Plan Program" (MSPP) that could, in effect, give ordinary consumers access to health plans that are similar to the plans federal employees use.

OPM has posted a 122-page preliminary version of the MSPP regulations on the Web.

One question has been how federal regulators will reconcile the desire to make multi-state plans available with many health policy specialists' concerns about the possibility of MSPs evading state benefits mandates or other state health insurance laws, such as laws governing complaint processes.

"OPM aims to administer the MSPP in a manner that is consistent with state insurance laws and that is informed by input from a broad array of stakeholders," OPM officials said.

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