by Amy M. Gordon, Susan M. Nash and Jacob Mattinson
As part of the regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed a requirement that OPM contract with private health insurance companies to ensure that at least two multi-state plans are offered in each state’s Affordable Insurance Exchange. Under the law, a multi-state plan issuer may phase in the states in which it offers coverage over four years, but must offer a multi-state plan in exchanges in all States and the District of Columbia by the fourth year. The proposed regulations generally address OPM’s approach to the offering of multi-state plans and the attributes of the multi-state plans to be offered. Comments are being solicited, and are due within 30 days after the rules are published in the Federal Register, which is expected to take place this week.