Subsequent to its February 26, 2015 meeting in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), ACHA has submitted a follow-up letter.
Accompanied by ACHA’s Washington Counsel and representatives of the American Council on Education (ACE), members of ACHA’s student health insurance advocacy leadership team formerly met with CCIIO officials to share information regarding recent challenges that institutions of higher education are encountering relative to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The team provided information regarding the value of student health insurance plans and illustrations of problematic developments and interpretations of ACA implementing regulations. Included were examples regarding compliance with the actuarial value de minimis variation limits, as well as several examples related to the student health insurance risk pool and premium ratings. In the meeting and follow-up letter, ACHA continues to emphasize the need to maintain the affordability and quality of coverage offered by student health plans.
ACHA leadership is appreciative of the opportunity to meet with CCIIO and stands ready to assist in any way to ensure that college students continue to have access to high quality and affordable health insurance coverage under the ACA.