Current visions of the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange system do not seem to make room for employee assistance plans (EAP), an EAP vendor says.
Dr. Rene Lerer, chairman of Magellan Health Services Inc., Avon, Conn. (NYSE:MGL), has written about the lack of an EAP slot in a comment letter to the Exchanges Subgroup at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo.
Lerer was responding to a draft of the NAIC’s American Health Benefit Exchange Model Act.
The NAIC is developing the model in an effort to help implement provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the package that includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that require states to create a system of state-based health insurance exchanges in 2014.
The exchanges are supposed to help individuals and small groups buy standardized, federally subsidized health insurance packages that meet exchange program quality standards.
Magellan provides a variety of services, including management of behavioral health care