Message from Mila Kofman, District’s Health Benefit Exchange Executive Director
January 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Stakeholder Input Requested on the District’s Health Benefit Exchange
Based on discussions and stakeholder feedback, and based on the need to make decisions quickly, we are establishing a process that is community based – building an exchange from the ground up through working groups. We will have working groups chaired by Board members in most cases with a Vice Chair from the Advisory Board. These working groups will have diverse stakeholders as members and will primarily be short term (2 to 3 weeks) with a focus on specific topics. I am asking stakeholders to volunteer to serve on these working groups as members.
The goal will be to discuss specific policy questions, identify areas where there is consensus, try to reach consensus on other areas, and identify issues where there isn’t consensus. This new approach is community based ensuring that all stakeholders help build the exchange.
I expect the working groups to get to consensus on many issues. Areas that have consensus will go up to the full Board for approval. The issues without consensus will be referred to the existing Board Committees. The working group’s deliberations will be open to the public and will become the core record that the Board Committee reviews. That record will include policy options, pro’s and con’s, stakeholder positions, and any evidence/data presented in the working group meetings. These working groups will be staffed at a high level by people with extensive subject area and exchange implementation expertise.
I chose these topics based on discussions with stakeholders, some of you, and my assessment of what we need to do urgently and what is slightly less urgent. I welcome additional suggestions.
Below is a list of the working groups that have been identified, along with the timeframe for the group and the Chair and Vice Chair. Please contact Bonnie Norton (bonnie.norton) if you are interested in joining one or more of the working groups below.
|Essential Health Benefits||Dr. Saul Levin||Kevin Dougherty||January/February|
|Network Adequacy||Diane Lewis||Stephen Jefferson||January/February|
|Premium Collection in the Individual Market||Dr. Henry Aaron||Chris Gardiner||January/February|
|Employer and Employee Plan Choice||Kevin Lucia||Billy MacCartee||January/February|
|QHP Issuer Certification Process||TBD||TBD||February/March|
|Financial Sustainability||TBD||Jill Thorpe||February/March|
|Plan Offerings and Benefit Standardization||Kate Sullivan Hare||Claire McAndrew||February/March|
|Carrier IT Working Group||Dr. Leighton Ku||TBD||January/Ongoing|
|Broker IT Working Group||Janet Trautwein||Billy MacCartee||January/Ongoing|
|Assistors IT Working Group||Dr. Leighton Ku||TBD||January/Ongoing|
|IT Policy Working Group||Dr. Leighton Ku||David Chandra||January/Ongoing|
All working groups are also open to the public and meetings will be posted on the dchbx.com calendar. Essential Health Benefits Working Group and Broker IT Working Group began meeting the week of January 14th.
We look forward to working will you all to establish an Exchange that works for all District consumers, businesses, and stakeholders.
Exchange Executive Director