Health Policy News September Edition

With late-breaking summer developments at the federal level on Association Health Plans (AHPs) and Short Term Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI), and additional guidance rolling out at the state level, it was a busy end of summer for states and health policy SMEs alike.  To assist states, this edition includes an overview of recent state activity in response to the final rules, including legislation and guidance tracking of states’ approaches to the final rules for AHPs and STLDI products. Additionally, this edition highlights some of the topics that HPN will discuss in the future and recaps our travels this summer that brought us face-to-face with many of our readers.

Our fall webinar series kicked off on Tuesday, September 25th, with many of you joining us for the discussion of the Association Health Plan and Short Term Limited Duration Insurance Final Rules. As promised, we have posted our slides from Tuesday’s presentation. We will happily entertain any questions you may have related to the materials we presented, and pass along a recording if you were unable to attend—just email us at

We hope you will join us at 2:30pm EST on October 9th for our second event on Medicaid Buy-In Options, with a roundtable Q&A featuring Richard Albertoni (formerly of Wisconsin Medicaid) and Lisa Lee (former Medicaid Commissioner and CHIP Director for Kentucky). More information about Richard and Lisa can be found here. Come prepared with questions!

States Respond to Recent Federal Regulations

States across the country have spent the past few months reviewing and considering two significant rules promulgated at the Federal level over the summer: the final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs) issued by the Department of Labor in June, and the final rule on Short Term Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI) issued by the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services in August.  Over the summer, Health Policy News published articles outlining the rule changes and their potential impacts on state insurance markets. Click here to read our article reviewing the AHPs final rule, and here for our article about the STLDI final rule.

With widespread state action taking place in response to the changes, our webinar earlier this week highlighted key considerations and provided examples of activity in response to and related to the final rules. To view our slides from the webinar, access the state activity tracking sheets, and read more about what is going on across the county on these topics, click here.

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National Academy of State Health Policy Conference Recap (#NASHPCONF2018)

It was great to see many of you in person last month at the National Academy of State Health Policy conference in Jacksonville, Florida. #NASHPCONF2018 highlighted policy changes that many states addressed in the past year, and provided insights into topics such as efforts to stabilize health insurance markets, progress reports on delivery system reforms, and updates on efforts to pass prescription drug cost control measures—to name just a few. Health Policy News will be digging into the topic of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in future editions, but we wanted to make our readers aware specifically of the work being done in Massachusetts to ensure further consumer protections for ACO participants, as well as the recent enactment of provider treatment decision appeal rights. To read more about our time at #NASHPCONF18 and the work being done in Massachusetts, click here.

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