- Exchanges: On December 20, 2011 the District of Columbia approved legislation to establish the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Mayor Vincent Gray signed the bill into law in late January 2012 and began the selection process for the exchange’s 11-member governance board. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange will function as an “independent authority of the District,” following the recommendation made by the Mayor’s Health Reform Implementation Committee (HRIC).
- Essential Health Benefits: The Mayor’s Health Reform Implementation Committee continues to meet and propose best practices for the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange. Currently the Committee is reviewing proposed options for the benchmark options for essential health benefits. Public forums are scheduled throughout the summer.
- Medicaid Expansion: D.C. will be participating in the Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: D.C. currently has 3,289 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Washington Times – DC submits plan for health-benefits exchange to feds
» Gray Administration Applauds Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Affordable Care Act (press release)
» HealthTech – Accenture to Help D.C. Set Up System to Provide Health Insurance and Care to More People
» Huffington Post – Serious Questions About D.C.’s Proposed Health Care Exchange
» District of Columbia – A Bill to Establish a Health Benefit Exchange Authority