The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has received essential health benefits (EHB) package notices from 31 states and the District of Columbia, according to Chris Cantrell of State Refor(u)m.
The State Refor(u)m is an arm of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
HHS is still waiting for EHB notices from 19 states, Cantrell reported.
Cantrell found that 10 of the states that have not recommended EHB benchmark plans have taken steps such as analyzing existing state benefit mandates and assessing benchmark plan options.
Nine states — Florida, Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and West Virginia — have taken no formal steps toward recommending benchmark plans.
Similarly, 9 states of identified themselves as not picking an EHB benchmark because they are awaiting federal guidance. Those states are Alabama, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Some states with Republican governors who have opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) have announced EHB benchmarks. Some of the states with Republican governors and EHB benchmarks include Arizona, Kansas and Virginia.