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1 STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE MISSISSIPPI INSURANCE DEPARTMENT P.O. BOX 79 JACKSON, MS

2 What Is An Exchange? o Essentially a marketplace for major medical insurance. o Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline One stop shop for health insurance. o This is perhaps an Underestimate in that the Exchange: o Will be a massive undertaking o Will affect millions of Americans o Will provide many services beyond simply offering different insurance products for sale.

3 What Do We Know About the Exchange? o Unfortunately, not much at this point o The Devil is in the Details The Details are in the Regulations And the 1000s of pages of Regulations are yet. not out

4 We Are Not Completely In the Dark The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides us with a foundation. We know: o o o o That by January 1, 2014, each state shall establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to sell individual and small group major medical policies. By January 1, 2013 the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) will determine whether each state will have an effective mechanism in place to run an Exchange by January 1, 2014, and if not, then the Federal government will step in to run the Exchange for the state. Because of this, Mississippi has already begun initial research and planning for its Exchange. Only qualified health plans offering essential benefits and certified by the Exchange may be offered through the Exchange.

5 Four Levels of Coverage Will Be Available Bronze covers 60% of actuarial value of benefits Silver covers 70% of actuarial value of benefits Gold - covers 80% of the actuarial value of benefits Platinum covers 90% of the actuarial value of benefits

6 Small Group and Individual Coverage Will Be Offered Small Group is defined under ACA as employees. The State has the option of limiting this to 1-50 employees until January 1, We have not yet determined what we will do in Mississippi.

7 An Exchange Must Certify and Decertify qualified health plans; Operate a toll-free hotline; Maintain a Web Portal with Standardized Information; Assign a Rating to each plan; Utilize a standard format for presenting insurance options; Determine eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP or other applicable state or local public programs; Make available a calculator to determine the actual cost of coverage after subsidies; Certify whether an individual is exempt from the coverage mandate; Transfer to the Treasury a listing of exempt individuals and employees eligible for tax credit; Provide to each employer the name of employees eligible for a tax credit; and Establish a Navigator program.

8 Beginning in 2017 States may choose to allow insurers to offer large group plans through the Exchange

9 Subsidies, Tax Credits and Mandates Subsidies will be available through the Exchange for individual taxpayers whose household income falls between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) 400% of FPL is approx. $88,000. Therefore, a large portion of Mississippians will be eligible for some level of federal subsidy. This Subsidy will equal the difference between a percentage of household income and the second lowest cost silver level plan available through the Exchange. These subsidies will be paid by the Federal Government directly to the insurer and will only be available through the Exchange.

10 Small Business Tax Credit For years , Small employers with fewer than 25 employees with average salaries between $25,000 and $50,000 are eligible for a tax credit equal to up to 35% of their contribution to their employee s health plans as long as the employer contributes at least 50% of the premium. This tax credit increases to up to 50% for tax years 2014 and beyond, but this credit is only currently available for 2 years.

11 Individual Mandates In 2014, unless exempt, all individuals must maintain minimum essential coverage or pay a tax penalty that starts out at $95/year for each covered family member and eventually increases to $695/year per family member for 2016 and beyond.

12 Tax Penalties for Employers with more than 50 Employees 1. If an employer fails to offer minimum essential coverage and one of its employees receives a subsidy through the Exchange, it will be subject to a penalty of $2000 per employee. 2. If an employer offers coverage and one or more employees receives a subsidy through the Exchange, then the employer will be subject to a penalty of $3000 per employee receiving a subsidy up to an amount not to exceed $2000 times the total number of full time employees. The first 30 employees are to be disregarded when calculating the number of employees for these tax penalties; and Employers with 50 or fewer employees are exempt. The above mandates are very low Much cheaper for many employers to pay penalty than continue providing insurance for employees.

13 Large Employer Mandates If an employer with more than 200 employees offers a health benefit plan, then they must automatically enroll all new employees in the plan. All employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide employees with written notice at the time of hiring informing them of the existence of the Exchange and availability of the subsidies through the Exchange, if the employer s plan covers less than 60% of the cost of covered benefits. Vouchers Employers must provide a voucher in the amount of the Employer s contribution toward the group health plan to each employee whose household income is below 400% of the FPL, if the employee s contribution under the group health plan is between 8% and 9.8% of the household income and the employee does not enroll in the employer s group health plan. Vouchers may only be used to purchase coverage through the Exchange.

14 Final Provisions do not go into effect until 2018 Lot of time for Changes!

STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE MISSISSIPPI INSURANCE DEPARTMENT P.O. BOX 79 JACKSON, MS 39205-0079

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