Biden Admin Officials Defend Standardized Plan Requirements

Although health insurers may not approve of all the recently proposed policies for the Affordable Care Act exchanges — in particular, the reintroduction of standardized plans — the Biden administration is sticking to its guns.

That was one of the main takeaways from a discussion during AHIP’s 2022 National Conference on Health Policy and Government Programs, which took place virtually from March 14 through 17. During a March 15 session, Ellen Montz, Ph.D., who is the deputy administrator and director of CMS’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, highlighted three parts of the 2023 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) that she said will reinforce CMS’s goal of making the exchanges more consumer friendly.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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