Arkansas has received multiple grant awards to build its Health Insurance Marketplace. This includes a Planning Grant and five Level One Establishment Grants.
Summaries of Arkansas’ applications for each grant are provided below:
Administrator: Arkansas Insurance Department
Award Amount: $7,665,483; $18,595,072; $16,470,852; $10,641,403; $3,576,093.
Award Date: February 22, 2012; September 27, 2012; April 8, 2013; January 22, 2014
Application Due Date: December 30, 2011; August 15, 2012; February 15, 2013; August 15, 2013; November 15, 2013.
Level of Funding: Level One
Summary: Arkansas intends to build on its Exchange planning progress to design and implement key components of the Federally-facilitated Exchange Partnership Model in Arkansas. Using Establishment Grant funding, Arkansas proposes to design and implement automation to connect Arkansas Medicaid and appropriate State-run Exchange functions with the Federally-facilitated Exchange Eligibility and Enrollment portal; design, develop, and implement operations and information systems to support State-operated Federally-facilitated Exchange Consumer Assistance functions including outreach, education, and the Navigator Program; and design, develop, and automate State-operated Plan Management functions of the Federally-facilitated Exchange including Qualified Health Plan certification, rating, monitoring, and evaluation to effect continuous quality improvement. These activities will continue to be done in collaboration with state partners and informed by input from stakeholders. Arkansas also plans to design a temporary reinsurance program.
The Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) is receiving a second Level One award to work in partnership with HHS and other federal and state stakeholders--public and private--to fully implement Plan Management and Consumer Assistance components of the Federally-facilitated Health Benefits Exchange (FFE). With this funding Arkansas plans to: 1) implement the Arkansas Qualified Health Plan (QHP) Certification Process and upload QHPs to the FFE portal in time for October 1, 2013 open enrollment; 2) implement the Arkansas In-Person Assister program to complement the federal Navigator Program and launch a workforce prepared to facilitate enrollment in the FFE; 3) implement a targeted outreach and education program encouraging FFE enrollment; and 4) study options and select the best method for promoting continuity of coverage and health provider networks among the large percentage of Arkansas residents expected to move between insurance affordability programs.
Arkansas will use its third Level One Establishment grant to 1) fund an Arkansas In-Person Assister (IPA) “Guide” program that will deploy more than 500 certified IPAs to assist consumers across the state during open enrollment; 2) provide oversight/coordination functions for Federal Navigators working in Arkansas; 3) implement an outreach and education campaign designed to encourage consumers to enroll in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace; 4) develop an Arkansas Health Connector Resource Center to answer consumer questions/concerns and establish a source of accurate information for various stakeholders and consumers; and 5) update Arkansas’ Qualified Health Plan (QHP) certification and monitoring criteria in preparation for Plan Year 2015 QHP applications and certification.
Arkansas Insurance Department will use its fourth Level One award to support the State in its role as a Consumer Assistance and Plan Management State Partnership Marketplace. The Level One grant award funds the State to continue the following activities: outreach and education campaign, Non-Navigator (In-Person) Assistance services, outreach to stakeholders to inform communities across the regions of the state about options available under the Affordable Care Act, development of policies and procedures to support Qualified Health Plan (QHP) certification and re-certification, plan monitoring activities, and continuity of health insurance coverage issues, specifically regarding pediatric coverage and stand-alone dental plans.
Arkansas’ fifth Level One award will allow the State to work toward transitioning to a State-Based Marketplace (SBM) model for plan year 2016. Federal funding will support Arkansas’ engagement with stakeholders and consumer groups, and Arkansas’ efforts to research and analyze other states’ SBM implementation.
Awarded September 30, 2010
Administrator: Arkansas Insurance Department
Amount Awarded: $1,000,000
Award Supplement: $200,928 (March 8, 2012)