Colorado: Board Selects “Finalist” for Marketplace CEO/Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Connect for Health Colorado selected Robert C. Malone to serve as the Marketplace's new Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director. Malone’s selection is open for public comment for 14 days and must be approved by the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee before being finalized. In 2013 Malone became the Chief Executive of The Assist Group, a claim review and resolution services company, and previously consulted for a New York regional health insurance company.

New Mexico: Exchange Board Decides to Lease Federal Technology

The New Mexico Health Information Exchange (NMHIX) Board decided to cease building its own exchange technology and instead lease HealthCare.gov from the federal government for 2017. Having utilized HealthCare.gov for eligibility and enrollment since NMHIX’s launch, the Board’s evaluation indicated that leasing the technology would cost the State less. CMS has assured New Mexico that it will still be defined as a State-based Marketplace and plans to issue regulations regarding a lease agreement, reports POLITICO Pro.

New York: Health Plan Fee to Support Marketplace Sustainability Excluded from Final State Budget

The State’s final 2015-2016 budget passed without the Governor’s proposed assessment on all health plans sold by insurers both on and off the State's Marketplace. The assessment, which the Governor had estimated to be $25 per plan, was intended to financially support Marketplace administration, but was removed during negotiations with the Assembly and Senate. The State instead intends to use revenue from its Health Care Reform Act to help support the cost of running the Marketplace.

Washington: State Budget Proposals, Legislation Leave Exchange Funding Up in the Air

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange’s funding levels remain unclear after the release of the State House and Senate budget proposals and related bills. The House budget proposal appropriates $124 million for Fiscal Year 2016-2017—which comes close to matching Governor Jay Inslee’s (D) call for $127 million—but the Senate proposal allots $85.9 million to the Exchange. While the bills must be reconciled, the House is also now considering Senate-passed SB 6089, which calls for the 2% qualified health plan premium tax revenue the Exchange is already collecting to be newly allocated to the State’s general fund beginning in 2016. Initial reports from State of Reform estimate the change could result in a $29 million reduction in funding for the Exchange through 2017.