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CCH® BENEFITS — 09/26/11

Health Reform Exchange Partnership Opportunities Expanded

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided some additional information to states on partnership opportunities for establishing American Health Benefit Exchanges.

According to the HHS, “The Partnership model describes Exchanges where both HHS and a state work together to operate different functions of the Exchange. The goal of the Partnership is to take advantage of the state’s expertise and knowledge of their insurance markets to support a seamless consumer experience. States may use Exchange grant funding to support the functions they choose to operate under the Partnership that are related to establishing the Exchange.”

The HHS noted that “some states have expressed a preference for a flexible state partnership model combining state-designed and operated business functions with federally-designed and operated business functions.” Examples of such shared business functions might include eligibility and enrollment, financial management, and health plan management systems and services. States have the option to operate an exclusively state-based Exchange.

Under the proposed partnership model, states may choose one of the following options:

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For more information on this and related topics, consult the CCH Pension Plan Guide, CCH Employee Benefits Management, and Spencer's Benefits Reports.

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