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Aca presentation on exchanges

  1. 1. The Affordable Care Act and You How to Navigate the New Healthcare Landscape
  2. 2. Presented by Jean S. Twombly Member Academy Health Consulting Partner with Sponsored by SMARTvt and
  3. 3. How do I get better health coverage? A C A Can I get a subsidy? My employer’s plan costs too much. I need a break. When is open enrollment? Will I pay a penalty if I don’t buy coverage?
  4. 4. ACA Fast Facts
  5. 5. ACA Fast Facts  The ACA is short for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  It was passed into law on March 23, 2010.  Many people who purchased healthcare plans after that date are affected by the PPACA Individual Mandate and will need to enroll in an ACA – Compliant insurance plan in 2014.  Many individuals and families with incomes between 133400% of the Federal Poverty Level qualify for a subsidy to help pay for health insurance.  Subsidies can only be obtained by enrolling On Exchange.  States are mandated to furnish residents access to an Exchange, a health insurance marketplace.  Open Enrollment for ACA health plans begins October 1, 2013. 5
  6. 6. ACA Ten Essential Benefits All new ACA – compliant plans are mandated to furnish the following ten essential benefits.           Prescription Drug Coverage Hospitalization Emergency Care Laboratory Services Ambulatory Patient Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits Pediatric Dental and Vision Services Maternity Services Wellness and Preventive Care Habilitative and Rehabilitative Benefits Insurance carriers have reworked both plans and rates to comply with the mandate. The State and Federal healthcare marketplaces are designed to foster competition among plans and to facilitate comparison between plans which are similarly priced. ACA Plans are ranked by actuarial value and are grouped by metal level: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 6
  7. 7. ACA Plan Metal Levels Plans with higher monthly premiums offer the benefit of lower coinsurance when care is received. Plans with lower monthly premiums have higher deductibles, coinsurance, copays and out-of-pocket maximums. The insured can choose a plan which fits the anticipated use of the healthcare system. 7
  8. 8. ACA Plan Actuarial Values Each ACA plan must meet the following actuarial values with a variance of +/- 2%. Platinum = 90% AV Gold = 80% AV Silver = 70% AV Bronze = 60% AV This means that a plan with 70% AV pays approximately 70% of the cost of healthcare. The insured will be responsible for the 30% remainder. Actuarial values are based on standard EHB costs and population measurements. 8
  9. 9. Healthcare Plan Subsidies
  10. 10. Exchange Subsidy Overview  The Individual Mandate also requires the Federal government to provide subsidies to make health insurance affordable for low and middle income individuals and families.  A new Federal Data Hub will determine subsidy eligibility based on income as % of Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  Beginning in 2014, applicants seeking coverage on-exchange may qualify for two types of subsidies: – Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC) • Applicants who qualify for the APTC will owe a reduced premium. • The Federal Government will advance the difference in premium amounts to the carriers monthly. – Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR) • •  Applicants who qualify for CSR will be enrolled in a specific plan with reduced cost-sharing. Federal Government will advance an estimated cost-sharing reduction monthly. e Premium Tax Credit. Individuals and families with incomes between 100-250% of the FPL qualify for BOTH the Cost-Sharing Reduction subsidy and the Advance Premium Tax Credit. 10
  11. 11. Income Guidelines for Subsidies  The amount of subsidy depends on family size and income level. In general, applicants at the following income levels will qualify to save in 2014*. The lower the income, the greater the savings. Family of Income level Family of Income Level 1 $110,280 $62,040 6 $126,360 3 $78,120 7 $142,440 4  5 2  $45,960 $94,200 8 $158,520 If the expected 2014 income you report is too high, you might not get the correct amount of savings. If you make more money than predicted, you might have to repay some or all of the subsidy amount on the next tax return. 11
  12. 12. Subsidy Calculator  The Kaiser Family Foundation subsidy calculator prompts individuals to enter the following information: o Income o Whether employer coverage is available o Family size o Ages of applicants  Applicants then receive an estimate of the subsidies they are eligible for and expected health insurance costs. 12
  13. 13. APTC – Premium Subsidy Details Availability:  Available to individuals/families with incomes between 133% and 400% of FPL .  Vermont has expanded Medicaid up to 133% of federal poverty level.  The APTC subsidy is calculated as a premium cap based on income level. Income Level Premium Cap as % of Income Income Level Premium Cap as % of Income < 133% of FPL Medicaid 201-250% FPL 6.3-8.05% of income 133% -150% FPL 3-4% of income 251-300% FPL 8.05-9.5% of income 151-200% FPL 4-6.3% of income 301-400% FPL 9.5% of income Eligibility:  No employer coverage or  Employer coverage either – Does not have an actuarial value of 60% or more – The cost of the coverage would exceed 9.5% of income. Note: In 2013 the Federal Poverty Limit is $11,490 for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four. 13
  14. 14. APTC Computation Example  The subsidy is tied to the premium of the “average” of plan choices – the Silver Plan.  The subsidy calculator on the Exchange computes the APTC, applying a premium cap as a % of household income. For Example:    John is an individual with household income at 275% FPL. Premium cap for a taxpayer at 275% FPL is 8.775% (halfway between 8.05% and 9.5%) In our example, a 275% FPL equals a monthly income of $2,560 for a household of one Income Level Premium Cap as a % of Income < 133% FPL* Medicaid 133%-150% FPL 3-4% of income 151-200% FPL 4-6.3% of income 201-250% FPL 6.3-8.05% of income 251-300% FPL 8.05-9.5% of income 301-400% FPL 9.5% of income > 400% FPL No subsidies Note: The FPL is updated annually, and will likely be different in 2014. The chart for 2013 can be found at 14
  15. 15. APTC Computation Example  continued If the Silver Plan costs $384/month and John has a monthly income of $2,560 : – His premium subsidy equals the difference between plan cost and $224.64 [8.775% x $2,560 monthly income] Tax credit: $384 minus $224.64 = $159.36/month  Individuals may select any plan and still receive the tax credit.  The amount of the tax credit may not exceed the plan premium. Since John is eligible for a $159.36/month tax credit: – If he selects a less expensive plan with a cost of $150/month, John can only receive a tax credit of $150/month – If he selects a more expensive plan with a cost of $500/month, he will owe $340.64 monthly: His plan cost: $500 minus $159.36 = $340.64/month 15
  16. 16. CSR – Cost Sharing Reductions  Available to families and individuals o With incomes up to 250% FPL AND o Enrolled in a Silver plan on the Exchange  Cost-sharing reductions include lowered deductibles, coinsurance and copayments.  Carriers must create three variations of the basic silver metal plan – essentially increasing the actuarial value by decreasing cost sharing – to accommodate the cost sharing bands by FPL.  There are three CSR bands: o Medicaid-eligible to 150% of FPL o 151 to 200% of FPL o 201 to 250% of FPL  If FPL changes during the year, cost sharing reductions must be updated. 16
  17. 17. Example of a Silver Metal Base Plan Silver Base Plan (.70 AV) Deductible: $1,300 OOP Max: $6,350 Copay: $30 PCP / $40 Specialist after deductible Coinsurance: 20% after deductible Rx: Integrated Medical/Drug Deductible. All Generics: 20% after deductible. Preferred Brand: 30% after deductible. Non-Preferred Brand: 50% after deductible. Specialty: 50% after deductible MVP Healthcare 17
  18. 18. Silver Plan Cost Sharing Silver Base Plan (.70 AV) Deductible: $1,300 OOP Max: $6,350 Copay: $30 PCP / $40 Specialist after deductible Coinsurance: 20% after deductible Rx: Integrated Medical/Drug Deductible. All Generics: 20% after deductible. Preferred Brand: 30% after deductible. Non-Preferred Brand: 50% after deductible. Specialty: 50% after deductible 100%-150% FPL (.94 AV) 151%-200% FPL (.87 AV) 201%-250% FPL (.73 AV) Deductible: $0 Deductible: $0 Deductible: $900 OOP Max: $2,250 OOP Max: $2,250 OOP Max: $5,200 Copay: $0 PCP / $10 Specialist copay Copay: $5 PCP / $ 25 Specialist copay Coinsurance: 10% Coinsurance: 20% Rx: All Generics: No charge Preferred Brand: 10% coinsurance Non-Preferred Brand: 20% coinsurance Specialty: 20% coinsurance Rx: All Generics: 10% coinsurance Preferred Brand: 30% coinsurance Non-Preferred Brand: 50% coins Specialty: 50% coinsurance Copay: $30 PCP / $40 Specialist after deductible Coinsurance: 20% after deductible Rx: Integrated Medical/Drug Deductible All Generics: 20% after deductible Preferred Brand: 30% after deductible Non-Preferred Brand: 50% after deductible Specialty: 50% after deductible 18
  19. 19. The Federal Data Hub and Penalties for the Uninsured
  20. 20. The Federal Data Hub SSA Treasury CMS HHS Homeland Security IRS 20
  21. 21. Who Manages Subsidies and the Hub?  The IRS and Treasury will manage the Advance Premium Tax Credit Subsidy which will be based on the applicant’s Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).  The APTC Subsidy will be sent by the U.S. Treasury Department to insurance carriers to fulfill premium payments each month.  Any changes in income will be reconciled with the insured when filing the following year’s taxes.  Health and Human Services (HHS) will manage the Federal Data Hub and the Federally Facilitated Exchange (FFE).  HHS will also manage the Cost-Sharing Reducation Subsidy. Once a member has enrolled in a new plan and is eligible for a subsidy, the insurance carrier will be sent a monthly subsidy amount.  Note that Vermont has expanded Medicaid to 133% of Federal Poverty Level through federal funding. 21
  22. 22. Overview of ACA Uninsured Penalties  The ACA requires most Americans to have or obtain health coverage starting in 2014 or pay a penalty fee.  The fee increases every year.  The fee in 2014 is 1% of yearly income or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher. Family maximum is $285.  In 2016 the penalty fee is 2.5% of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher. The family maximum has now risen to $2,085 22
  23. 23. Exemptions from the Penalty Uninsured individuals and families will not have to pay the penalty fee if they:  Are uninsured for less than 3 months of the year  Are determined to have very low income and coverage is considered unaffordable  Are not required to file a tax return because their income is too low  Would qualify under the new income limits for medicaid, but their state has chosen not to expand medicaid eligibility  Are a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to health insurance  Are a member of a federally recognized indian tribe  Participate in a health care sharing ministry These individuals are automatically exempt if low income. Otherwise, they may file with an exchange for an exemption. 23
  24. 24. Vermont Health Connect  Vermonters may only enroll On Exchange. No Off Exchange business.  Subsidies are only available On Exchange.  Open Enrollment: October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Outside these dates you will not be able to buy health insurance either on or Off Exchange without a “life event” such as moving, loss of employer coverage, or certain changes in family status. 24
  25. 25. Connecting Organizations at the County Level Chittenden County Organizations of Vermont Health Connect Association of Africans Living in Vermont (802) 985-3106 20 Allen St., Burlington, VT 05401 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (802) 324-1920 or (802) 989-4844 255 South Champlain St., Burlington, VT 05401 Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Fletcher Allen Health Assistance Program (802) 860-1417 x115 (802) 847-6984 255 S. Champlain St. #9, Burlington, VT 05401 128 Lakeside Ave., Suite 106, Burlington, VT 05401 Community Health Centers of Burlington (802) 264-8124 617 Riverside Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 Lake Champlain Lifelong Learning Fund (Chamber of Commerce) (802) 863-3489 ext. 208 60 Main St., Suite 100, Burlington, VT 05401 Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 1-866-476-1321 128 Lakeside Ave., Suite 301, Burlington, VT 05401 Vermont Family Network 1 800 800-4005 or (802) 876-5315 600 Blair Park Rd., Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495 Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security Donna Sutton Fay 879-8604 Blueprint Community Health Team – Burlington Hospital Service Area, Community Health Improvement Fletcher Allen Health Care (802) 847-1601 Spectrum Youth & Family Services (802) 864-7423 ext. 222 31 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 25
  26. 26. On-Exchange Consumer Assistance
  27. 27. Overview of Consumer Assistance  Consumers will have assistance as they apply for new insurance options through o Navigators o In Person Assisters o Certified Application Counselors.  The ACA governs who may provide consumer assistance and What approval, registration, and/or training is required o What activities each may perform o What funds may be used to pay for these activities o Provides that state law cannot impede Title I of the ACA (such as require Navigators to be licensed agents or brokers, or carry errors and omissions coverage) o  HHS has final rules and has announced funding opportunities to guide these efforts.  Activities and funding depend on whether ACA assistors are working with a State-based Marketplace, State Partnership Marketplace, or Federally Facilitated Exchange (FFE). 27
  28. 28. Description of Consumer Assistors Entities Description Navigators Employees of the Exchange In-Person Assistors Employees of the Exchange Non-Licensed “Customer Service Representatives” Employees of the Exchange Certified Application Counselors and Health Center Assistors “Trusted community-based organizations, providers, or other organizations with expertise in social service programs” Employees of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Application Filers/Authorized Representatives Individuals who are permitted to assist persons with disabilities in making informed decisions Agents/Brokers Work with all issuers in a marketplace These efforts do not include the volunteer ground game being organized by  Health and Human Services  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid  Enroll America,  and other partners to drive people to consumer assistance and facilitate enrollment. For example, the Obama administration is looking to partner with professional sports organizations like the NFL to get the word out. 28
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