Where do state benchmark plans stand?

03/13/2013 | Modern Healthcare (subscription required)

According to a Commonwealth Fund report, 24 states plus the District of Columbia have selected a benchmark plan for public exchanges and the individual and small-group markets, with 19 using current small-group plans and five opting for HMO or state worker benefit plans. Elsewhere, the largest small-group plan available in the state will serve as the benchmark. AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni has noted that while insurers like the flexibility offered to states on setting benchmarks, the minimum standards "will still require many individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage that is more comprehensive and more expensive than they choose to purchase today."

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