The multi-state plan program — a little-publicized program that could give birth to a new breed of big, formidable health carriers — seems to be moving forward.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the agency in charge of regulating the MSPs, has not said much about the plans since it completed work on the regulations in March.
OPM and other agencies have not released the names of the carriers that have applied to participate in the MSP program. But White House officials suggested in May, in a vague memo, that MSPs could be operating in as many as 31 states next year.
Now OPM has put out a routine notice seeking comments on an external health coverage decision review program it’s developing for the MSPs.
OPM has developed a model form that MSPs would have to give enrollees after denying claims and rejecting internal appeals.