The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially invited health insurers and dental insurers to apply for slots on the 2016 HHS exchange system plan menus.
The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) — the arm of HHS in charge of day-to-day exchange system operations — put the call for qualified health plan (QHP) and stand-alone dental plan applications in a formal letter to issuers.
The letter applies only to slots at the HHS-run exchanges, not the state-run exchanges. The QHP and dental plan approval timeline shows that:
Initial applications for 2016 HHS exchange menu slots will come in from April 15 through May 15.
Exchange program managers will review the applications and ask for corrections and additional information by June 30.
Insurers will get the corrected applications to reviewers by July 10.
The reviewers can ask for a second round of corrections. Insurers will file the final versions of the applications by Aug. 25.
- Reviewers will send plan certification notices and plan agreements by Sept. 18.
The third annual open enrollment period is set to run from Nov. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016.
In addition to outlining the plan approval timeline, the new letter includes information about many other 2016 HHS exchange procedures and requirements.
Officials note, for example, that the HHS-run exchanges will continue to offer dental plans in 2016 but will not offer slots for other types of plans, such as stand-alone vision plans, disability insurance plans or life insurance policies.
Officials also talk about rate review procedures and benefits design standards.