SAN DIEGO, CA - 08/07/2018 — In September of this year, small businesses and self-employed individuals will be allowed to purchase a new type of low-cost health insurance through trade groups and industry associations. Theseassociation health plans will allow employers to bypass expensive traditional small-group and individual insurance markets when obtaining coverage for themselves and their employees.
But they come with an important caveat: the cost savings is due primarily to a recentexecutive action exempting AHPs from a wide range of consumer protections like offering Affordable Care Act-mandated essential health benefits. By some estimates, there are 11 million small business owners in the United States who could purchase AHPs, and 4.3 million individuals are expected to ultimately be covered by these discount health insurance plans.
Expect Uncertainty and Disruptions
While these plans may wind up offering small business owners and their employees more affordable insurance options, for health systems, hospitals, and physician groups, this new type of insurance means wading into the unknown and managing an even larger volume of payer contracts.
Starting September 1, hospitals and ASCs will brace for anincreased volume of AHP-covered patients, but they are uncertain of how to staff or budget for the expected census increase. Most providers already are managing a large volume of fee-for-service and value-based contracts, each of which includes multiple plans with different rates. AHPs, which also will be allowed to be sold across state lines, will add a new type of reimbursement model to providers’ revenue cycles.
Traditional payers are barred from setting up AHPs directly, so a flood of untested payers – perhaps all with different reimbursement rates and terms – could enter individual markets, depending on the local consumer demand. Still, theAmerican Academy of Actuaries predicts that some AHPs may end up “renting” network access from existing HMOs, adding yet another potentially complex wrinkle to the fast-changing payer landscape,
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