The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is convening an advisory committee to consider possible changes to Oregon’s Essential Health Benefits
The committee will make recommendations related to:
- Review and consideration of Oregon’s EHB benchmark plan options for 2022
- Supplemental benefits necessary to meet federal requirements
- Changes to Oregon’s current EHB Benchmark plan. Possible areas for consideration
- Ensuring adequate coverage of insulin in the EHB prescription drug formulary;
- Ensuring Oregon’s EHB adequately addresses the opioid crisis, including
access to Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT); and
- Other issues related to EHB identified by the committee or the Division.
Any proposed revisions to Oregon’s EHB will be subject to approval by the
federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has established
firm deadlines and procedural requirements that states must follow when changing
Request for Comment - Proposed Changes to Oregon’s Essential Health Benefits for 2022
Background on Essential Health Benefits:
Essential health benefits (EHB) are the benefits, items,
and services that must be covered by individual and small employer health
benefit plans in Oregon. Under the Affordable Care Act, each state selects
its own set of EHB in accordance with guidance provided by the federal Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
For plan years prior to 2020, CMS regulations require
states to define their EHB by reference to a “base benchmark plan” that was
chosen from a fixed set of options. The base benchmark was then supplemented
as necessary to ensure coverage for all required categories of essential
health benefits. Oregon has selected PacificSource Health Plans’ Preferred
CoDeduct Value small employer plan as its EHB benchmark.
Beginning with the 2020 plan year, CMS regulations give
states additional flexibility to define their EHB. The new flexibility allow
states to revise their EHB selections using one of three options: (1) selecting
another state’s entire EHB benchmark, (2) replacing a category of benefits
in the current benchmark with the same category of benefits used in another
state EHB plan, or (3) otherwise selecting a set of benefits to become part
of the state EHB plan. Several states have relied on the third option to
add benefits not covered by their benchmark plans to their EHBs.
States proposing to make changes are required to have
an actuarial analysis of the benefits, a public comment on the proposed benefit
changes, and submit an application to CMS as specified by 45 CFR 156.111(a).
2022 Essential Health Benefits Rules Advisory
The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) convened an
Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee to review, discuss,
and propose ideas for additions and changes to Oregon’s EHBs beginning with
the 2022 plan year. The committee met three times on February 21, March 10,
and March 26, 2020. Representatives from consumer advocacy groups, insurers,
and provider groups participated in the RAC and consideration of proposed
benefits to further analyze. The division reviewed the information and feedback
from the committee to recommend benefits for the 2022 Benchmark Plan.
Summary of Proposed Changes:
The division is seeking CMS’ approval to add four benefits
to Oregon’s Essential Health Benefits beginning in 2022.
Cost Per Member Per Month
|1. ||Coverage of up to 20 visits for spinal
manipulation each year |
|2. ||Coverage of up to 12 visit for acupuncture
each year |
|3. ||Removal of prescribing barriers to Buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder|
|4. ||Provide prescription of at least one intranasal opioid reversal agent (e.g. Narcan) for initial opioid prescriptions of 50 morphine milligram equivalents |
These benefits are discussed further in the application documents available below.
- OR – CMS State Confirmation Template 2022
- NovaRest Actuarial Confirmation and Draft Report
- Actuarial Certification
- Benchmark Plan Document
- OR – 2022 Formulary Drug List Template
- OR – 2022 Benchmark Summary Chart
The department is seeking public review and comment on this proposal. The public comment period for the proposed EHB will be open until May 6, 2020. All comments received will be given full consideration by the department before finalizing the proposed benefits and submission to CMS.
Comments can be submitted in the following ways (Please
include reference to essential health benefits in the subject line of your
Department of Consumer and Business Services
Division of Financial Regulation
350 Winter St. NE
P.O. Box 14480
Salem, OR 97309-0405
Proposed: April 23, 2020
Last day for public comment: May 6, 2020, 5 p.m
Meeting schedule and location:
Labor and Industries Building
350 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Conference Room 260
Directions: Google Maps
Call in participation:
Access code: 9971342#
Meetings and documents:
03/10/20 – 1:30 p.m.
02/21/20 – 9:30 a.m.
The EHB Rulemaking Advisory Committee’s meetings are open to the public. The meeting can be live streamed at: www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Pages/video-hearings.aspx
The meeting is held in Conference Room 260. Limited time is available at the meeting to present comments in person. All individuals who wish to submit public comments are strongly encouraged to do so in writing via email to: DFR.Rules@oregon.gov