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Legislative Webinar - September 17, 2010

  1. 1. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives,2010 PPACA Provisions, Health Insurance Exchanges, and OTC Drug Reimbursements and Mini Med Plans<br />Presented by Sharon Alt<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda<br /><ul><li>Wellness & Prevention Initiatives
  3. 3. 2010 PPACA Provisions
  4. 4. Health Insurance Exchanges
  5. 5. OTC Drug Reimbursements/Mini Med Plans</li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  6. 6. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives Under PPACA<br />
  7. 7. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Purpose of Reform <br /><ul><li>Reduce “behavioral waste” – Preventable illnesses, such as those caused by obesity and smoking.
  8. 8. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute survey disclosed approximately $303 billion to $493 billion is spent annually on treating preventable illnesses.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  9. 9. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives <br />Key Elements <br /><ul><li>Elimination of co-payments for screenings and preventive care
  10. 10. Employee wellness discounts
  11. 11. Break time for nursing mothers
  12. 12. Posting of nutritional requirements
  13. 13. Government funding for wellness programs
  14. 14. Small business grants for wellness programs</li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  15. 15. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives <br />Elimination of Co-Payments for Screenings and Preventive Care <br /><ul><li>Starting in September of 2010, employer-sponsored (and other) group health plans and health insurance issuers are prohibited from requiring co-pays for all preventive services recommended by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPTF).
  16. 16. Co-pays are eliminated for certain recommended immunizations, breast care screenings and other preventive care/screenings for women and children.
  17. 17. Requirements do NOT apply to “grandfathered” health plans.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  18. 18. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Employee Wellness Discounts <br /><ul><li>Starting January 1, 2014, PPACA enhances such wellness discounts by permitting group health plans to give reductions of up to 30% of the cost of premiums to employees who participate in such wellness programs.
  19. 19. May be expanded to 50% subject to the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). </li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  20. 20. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Break Time for Nursing Mothers <br />Effective immediately for employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act: <br /><ul><li>Must provide reasonable break time and a private space – other than a restroom – for a nursing mother for up to one year after child birth.
  21. 21. Employers are not required to compensate employees during such breaks.
  22. 22. Employers with less than 50 employees may qualify for exceptions if it can be proven the requirement would impose an undo hardship. </li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  23. 23. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Posting of Nutritional Requirements <br /><ul><li>By March of 2011, The Secretary of HHS must publish regulations requiring all chain restaurants to disclose the nutritional content of all menu items.
  24. 24. The number of calories for each item must be disclosed on menus, menu boards and drive through menus.
  25. 25. Menus must also feature “a succinct statement concerning suggested daily caloric intake.”
  26. 26. Includes buffet items and vending machines. </li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  27. 27. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Government Funding for Wellness Programs<br />Prevention and Public Health Fund<br />The Prevention and Public Health Fund will be administered through HHS and will support prevention and public health programs. Beginning with the fiscal year 2010, $500 million will be appropriated to various programs within HHS, with the amount of appropriations increasing each year to $2 billion in the fiscal year 2015 and each year thereafter. <br />Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  28. 28. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Government Funding for Wellness Programs<br />Prevention and Public Health FundUnder PPACA, funds are to be used for activities such as:<br /><ul><li> Prevention research and health screenings
  29. 29. Community Transformation grant program (designed to fund state and municipal wellness programs by creating walking paths, nutrition awareness programs, etc)
  30. 30. Education and Outreach Campaign for Preventive Benefits (a planned public-private partnership to raise awareness on preventive care)
  31. 31. Immunization programs.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  32. 32. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Government Funding for Wellness Programs <br />Prevention and Public Health Fund<br />School-based health centers (facilities that provide primary health care to students on school campuses) will receive $50 million per year in grant funding through 2013. These grant monies are to be used only for expenditures on facilities and equipment, not for personnel hiring. <br />Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  33. 33. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Small Business Grants for Wellness Programs <br /><ul><li>Grant program to assist small businesses in providing comprehensive workplace wellness programs.
  34. 34. Grants will be awarded beginning in 2011.
  35. 35. $200 million appropriated for a five year period.</li></ul>Note: Money will likely go quickly. Small businesses need to be prepared with a wellness program proposal which meets the criteria and requirements as described in the PPACA, and developed by the Secretary of HHS. <br />Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  36. 36. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Small Business Grants for Wellness Programs<br />Who is an eligible employer?<br /><ul><li>Employs fewer than 100 employees who work 25 hours of more a week; and
  37. 37. Did NOT have a workplace program in place as of March 23, 2010 (date of PPACA enactment). </li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  38. 38. Wellness & Prevention Initiatives<br />Small Business Grants for Wellness Programs <br />Unresolved questions…<br /><ul><li>How will wellness programs stand up to the scrutiny of GINA?
  39. 39. How much grant money can a qualified employer receive?
  40. 40. Money runs out in 2015?
  41. 41. Where is the money? </li></ul>Source: www.HealthCare.gov<br />
  42. 42. 2010 PPACA Provisions <br />
  43. 43. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>An end to pre-existing conditions
  44. 44. Health Insurers cannot deny children health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
  45. 45. Small business tax credits
  46. 46. Businesses with fewer than 25 “full time” employees can begin receiving a tax credit at 35% up to a maximum of 50% - subject to calculations and time frame.
  47. 47. Seniors get donut hole rebate
  48. 48. Seniors will get a rebate to fill the donut hole in Medicare drug coverage. </li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  49. 49. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>Transparency in insurance companies
  50. 50. Insurers must reveal how much money is spent on overhead.
  51. 51. Customer appeals process
  52. 52. Any new plan must now implement an appeals process for coverage determination and claims.
  53. 53. Indoor tanning services tax
  54. 54. Imposes a 10% tax on indoor tanning services (effective for services on, or after July 1, 2010).</li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  55. 55. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>Enhanced fraud abuse checks
  56. 56. New screening procedures will be implemented to help eliminate health insurance fraud and waste.
  57. 57. Medicare expansion to rural areas
  58. 58. Medicare payment protections will be extended to small rural hospitals and other facilities that have a small number of Medicare patients.
  59. 59. Deductions for Blue Cross Blue Shield
  60. 60. Non-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations will be required to maintain a medical loss ratio (MRL). </li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  61. 61. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>Nutrient content disclosure
  62. 62. Chain restaurants will be required to provide a “nutrient” content disclosure statement alongside their menus.
  63. 63. Better coverage for early retirees
  64. 64. A temporary program for companies that provide early health benefits for those aged 55-64.
  65. 65. Better consumer information on the web
  66. 66. New website through HHS to make it easier for Americans in any state to seek out affordable health insurance options. </li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  67. 67. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>Encouraging investment in new therapies
  68. 68. A two year temporary credit (to a maximum of $1 billion) to encourage investment in new therapies for the prevention and treatment of diseases.
  69. 69. Break time for nursing mothers
  70. 70. Requires employers to furnish reasonable break time and place for nursing mothers for up to one year after the child’s birth.
  71. 71. Cost-sharing obligations for preventive services are prohibited</li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  72. 72. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br /><ul><li>Coverage for emergency room services at in-network cost-sharing level with no prior authorization is mandated.
  73. 73. Group plans IRC section 105(h) rules
  74. 74. Group plans will be required to comply with the IRC section 105(h) rules that prohibit discrimination in favor or highly compensated individuals – rules apply to both self-funded and fully-insured plans.
  75. 75. Wellness grants for small employers
  76. 76. Small employers seeking to implement wellness programs can now access federal grant money.</li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  77. 77. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br />Grandfathered Plans<br /><ul><li>More young adults covered on parents’ plans
  78. 78. The cut-off age for young adults to continue to be covered by their parents’ health insurance rises to the age of 26.
  79. 79. No lifetime caps
  80. 80. Annual caps will be limited, and banned in 2014.
  81. 81. Adults with pre-existing conditions covered
  82. 82. A temporary high-risk pool will be set up to cover adults with pre-existing conditions – Health Insurance Exchanges will eliminate the program in 2014.</li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  83. 83. 2010 PPACA Provisions<br />Provisions effective immediately, or in 2010<br />Grandfathered Plans<br /><ul><li>New insurance plans must include preventive care
  84. 84. New plans must cover checkups and other preventive care without co-pays, ALL plans will be affected by 2018.
  85. 85. The end of rescissions
  86. 86. Insurance companies can no longer cancel policies when an individual gets sick. </li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  87. 87. Health Insurance Exchanges <br />
  88. 88. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Definition<br />A Health Insurance Exchange is an organized marketplace for the purchase of health insurance set up as a governmental or quasi-governmental entity to help insurers comply with consumer protections.<br />Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  89. 89. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Questions regarding Health Insurance Exchanges :<br /><ul><li>Who will develop and implement policies and rules governing state-based Exchanges?
  90. 90. When will Exchanges go in effect?
  91. 91. What are Small Business Health Options Program Exchanges?
  92. 92. Who can participate in the Exchange?
  93. 93. Subsidies?</li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  94. 94. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Key Elements <br /><ul><li>The Office of Health Insurance Exchanges will develop and implement policies and rules governing state-based Exchange health coverage distribution entities.
  95. 95. States are required to have their Exchanges up and running no later than January 1, 2014.
  96. 96. Four plan choices and a catastrophic plan will be offered in each Exchange.
  97. 97. States may form regional Exchanges or allow more than one exchange to operate in a state as long as each exchange serves a distinct geographical area.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  98. 98. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Key Elements continued…<br />Existing health insurance plans will be allowed to participate in the exchange if they;<br /><ul><li>Meet marketing requirements
  99. 99. Have adequate provider networks
  100. 100. Contract with the essential community providers
  101. 101. Contract with navigators to conduct outreach and enrollment assistance
  102. 102. Are accredited with respect to performance on quality measures
  103. 103. Use a uniform enrollment form and use a standard format to present plan information. </li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  104. 104. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Small Business Health Options (SHOP) Exchanges <br />SHOP Exchanges will also be administered by a government agency or a non-profit organization.<br /><ul><li>State-based.
  105. 105. Small businesses with up to 100 employees will be able to purchase qualified coverage no later than January 1, 2014.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  106. 106. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Who is eligible to participate in an Exchange?<br /><ul><li>The uninsured and self-employed would be able to purchase insurance through state-based Exchanges.
  107. 107. Separate Exchanges will be created for small businesses to purchase coverage through the Exchange (SHOP).</li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  108. 108. Health Insurance Exchanges<br />Who is eligible for a subsidy?<br /><ul><li>The unemployed, and self-employed, or, those who work for an employer that does not offer coverage.
  109. 109. Those who work for an employer who does offer health coverage whose wages are less than the poverty cut-off level, would also be eligible for a subsidy if the portion of premium they are required to pay is more than 9.8% of their income.</li></ul>Source: www.HealthReform.gov<br />
  110. 110. OTC Drug Reimbursements and Mini Med Plans<br />
  111. 111. New IRS Guidance <br />The IRS issues guidance explaining 2011 changes to Flexible Spending Arrangements<br /><ul><li>The Affordable Care Act, enacted in March, established a new uniform standard that, effective January 1, 2011, applies to FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and MSAs.
  112. 112. Under the new standard, the cost of an over-the-counter medicine or drug cannot be reimbursed from the account unless a prescription is obtained. </li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  113. 113. Waiver Process for “Mini-Med” Plans<br />Department of HHS issues guidance on waiver process for “Mini-Med” plans<br /><ul><li>For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, no annual dollar limits on essential benefits may be imposed.
  114. 114. Rules apply to grandfathered and new group health plans.</li></ul>Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  115. 115. Waiver Process for “Mini-Med” Plans<br />The Interim Final Regulations provided that these restricted annual limits may be waived by the Secretary of HHS if compliance with the IFR would result in a significant decrease in access to benefits or a significant increase in premiums. The preamble to the IFR further provided that guidance from HHS regarding the scope and process for applying for such a waiver would be issued in the near future. The memorandum issued by HHS on September 3, 2010 (the “HHS memorandum”), provides such guidance.<br />Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  116. 116. Waiver Process for “Mini-Med” Plans<br />Waivers are only available or plans that were in existence before September 23, 2010.<br /> <br />When does the waiver application have to be submitted?<br />For plan years beginning before November 2, 2010, the waiver application must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the start of the year. Otherwise, the application must be submitted at least 30 days before the beginning of the plan year. <br /> <br />When will HHS process the wavier application?<br />HHS will process complete requests generally within 30 days of receipt, but for plan years beginning before November 2, 2010, HHS will process the application no later than five days in advance of the year. <br />Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  117. 117. Waiver Process for “Mini-Med” Plans<br />If granted, for how long will a waiver apply?<br />Waivers will be granted initially only for the first plan year beginning between September 23, 2010, and September 23, 2011. New waiver applications must be submitted for later years and HHS may change the approval process in the future. <br />What information must be included in the application?<br />• The terms of the plan for which a waiver is sought <br />• The number of individuals covered by the plan<br />• The annual limit(s) and rates applicable to the plan <br />• A brief description of why compliance with the IFR on annual limits would result in a significant decrease in access to benefits for those currently covered by the plan, or significant increase in premiums<br />• An attestation.<br /> <br />Source: www.DHHS.gov<br />
  118. 118. Thank You Additional questions can be submitted through HealthcareExchange.com <br />