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The Affordable Care Act requires OPM to contract with insurance companies to offer Multi-State Plan (MSP) options in every State and the District of Columbia. OPM brings significant experience to this task, having administered the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program for more than 50 years. The FEHB Program contracts with health insurance companies to offer a wide variety of FEHB coverage options to over 8 million Federal employees, annuitants, and family members across the country. Consumers that purchase MSP coverage will benefit from OPM’s experience with contract negotiation and oversight of insurers.
OPM negotiates terms of coverage with each Multi-State Plan issuer, including medical-loss ratio, profit margin, premiums and provider networks. OPM may prohibit issuers from offering MSP options on the Marketplace that fail to meet these terms and conditions.
The Program was given this title through its authorizing language in the Affordable Care Act. The name reflects the fact that OPM contracts with insurers in multiple States. At this time, “multi-State” does not necessarily mean you can use your plan to get in-network benefits in multiple States. While the authorizing language does not require Multi-State Plan options to provide nationwide coverage, a number of the plans offer a nationwide network, and OPM anticipates this number will increase as the Program evolves.
Some Multi-State Plan options offer in-network care outside of your service area, but not all. If you live in one State and work, go to college, or spend a lot of time in another State, carefully check the provider directories of the plans you’re considering buying. See if their networks have doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in the places you’ll be. Also, check out the plan’s payment policies for out-of-network care.
No; however, there may be another Multi-State Plan (MSP) option available to you in the new State. To see what States have MSP options, visit http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/multi-state-plan-program/consumer/.
No. Federal employees are eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The Affordable Care Act requires OPM to maintain separation between the FEHB Program and the MSP Program; however, both programs benefit from the customer service and oversight that OPM provides.
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