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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

Posted By Staff writer, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Idaho

Health Plans: Non-grandfathered transitional health plans, also known as “grandmothered” plans, will be extended through December 31, 2020, the Idaho Department of Insurance announced.  The announcement follows the latest guidance released March 25, 2019 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows states the option of extending such plans.

 

Most Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reforms took effect January 1, 2014.  Non-grandfathered health policies in existence prior to that date are considered “transitional policies.”  Director Dean Cameron says these types of health policies continue to serve many consumers well.

 

“Numerous individuals and families have held onto these transitional policies since before 2014,” said Cameron.  “We are pleased they will have the option to retain them for another year.”

 

Transitional policies are not fully ACA-compliant; however, they must comply with state law and only specific ACA provisions regarding annual dollar limitations, pre-existing condition exclusions, waiting periods and mental health parity rules.  Carriers are to provide notice at renewal informing individuals or small employers of renewal options, including the opportunity to enroll in ACA-compliant plans.  CMS is permitting states to continue the extension of transitional plans through the “substantially enforcing” provision of the ACA.

 

For further information, click Bulletin 19-02, visit the Department website at doi.idaho.gov or call 208-334-4250.

 

Source link: Idaho Department of Insurance

 

 

Montana

Recreational Marijuana Goes Down: The House Taxation Committee has voted down a bill that would have made Montana the latest state in the union to allow recreational marijuana to be smoked legally.

 

The bill was tabled by a 12 to six vote.

 

Supporters argue the legalized pot would be a good profit center tax wise. The 32% tax could bring in $35 to $55 million a year in revenue.

 

Source link: Insurance Journal

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