Health insurers are expected to stop providing reimbursement for web developers for state-level insurance marketplaces starting in 2018, a new report shows.
The report by the nonprofit think tank Kaiser Health News says that health insurers would stop providing health care providers with funds to hire web developers, and that state and federal regulators would require health insurers to cut their reimbursement rates to health care services providers for their services, in addition to paying them for web developer time.
The study says that insurers would provide $12.6 billion in payments to providers for state and local marketplaces, including $4.4 billion for CMS, which is the health care agency that runs the Affordable Care Act.
CMS has estimated that there are between 300,000 and 400,000 people who currently receive state and national health insurance through their employers.
Kaiser Health News found that the CMS Payments Advisory Committee is currently considering an amendment to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts, which requires the states to reimburse health care agencies for their web development services.
The amendment is expected to be voted on by Congress this year, the Kaiser Health Report said.
The bill would not require that insurers reimburse the health providers for the time spent on web development.
Kaiser Health also noted that insurers have made efforts to keep costs affordable by limiting the amount of time that health care professionals spend on web dev tasks, and by using data-driven analytics to improve their costs.
In the past, health care organizations have reimbursed health care programs for their costs of web development because of the potential economic impact it can have on the health system.
In many cases, however, the reimbursement for the web development task would be less than what health care workers and their families would be expected to pay for the same services, according to Kaiser Health.
The Kaiser Health report also found that there is a significant risk of health care costs going up under the AHCA, which would make it difficult for health care facilities to make the investments necessary to stay competitive in the health insurance market.
Kaplan Health says that the AHC is estimated to increase health care spending by nearly $700 billion over 10 years.