HHS Extends Transitional Relief through 2018

In a February 23, 2017 bulletin the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another extension of the transitional relief period. This extension would allow the renewal of transitional (grandmothered) plans for policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2018 and allow grandmothered plan coverage to continue through December 31, 2018. States can choose to apply this extension to both individual and small group markets, to only the individual market, or to only the small group market. States may also decide to allow a shorter extension, but not a longer period. The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) must make the final ruling on transitional relief in Ohio and we will update our blog as more information becomes available.