Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Requests Feedback from Insurers for Actuarial Study
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2018
(LANSING) The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is actively soliciting Health Insurance Marketplace CEOs/Presidents on innovative ideas that should be studied to help stabilize the market and lower health insurance costs for Michigan residents.
A component of Michigan’s 2019 budget, recently signed into law, was a one-time appropriation for DIFS to complete an actuarial study capable of supporting Michigan’s pursuit of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver.
Under Section 1332 of the ACA, a state can apply for a waiver of certain components of federal health insurance law to promote innovative approaches to lower health insurance costs in the market.
“While the most common waiver sought has been for some form of a reinsurance program, there are other programs states could pursue,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin. “I am asking these insurers to submit their recommendations on a potential reinsurance program, and any other waiver ideas they think DIFS should study.”
Upon receiving recommendations, a mathematical and statistical study of risks and premiums in the commercial health insurance market will be conducted. The study will include analyses, actuarial certifications, data, assumptions, targets, and other information sufficient to determine whether the proposed waiver would provide health coverage that is at least as comprehensive and affordable, cover at least as many residents, and not increase the federal deficit.
Prior to submitting a State Innovation Waiver application to the federal government for review and consideration, DIFS must provide public notice and a comment period to ensure public input on the application. During the public comment period, the state must conduct public hearings regarding the application. In addition, a state with one or more federally recognized tribes within its borders must conduct a separate process for meaningful consultation with the tribes as part of the notice and comment process.