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About Ryan Howells

Ryan Howells is a principal based out of the Chicago office. His work with clients is focused on health insurance market reforms, disruptive distribution channels that have occurred through the emergence of public and private exchanges, and how the implementation of technology can improve the triple aim of reducing costs, increasing quality, and improving outcomes. Over his career, Ryan has worked in multiple consulting organizations helping national and regional health plans, state and federal government organizations, HIT companies, and delivery systems solve complex problems. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Ryan was a vice president and general manager at Connecture, Inc., an industry leader in both public and private exchanges. He previously spent eight years at iHealth Technologies (now Cotiviti Healthcare) overseeing the implementation of payment integrity and fraud, waste, and abuse solutions for CMS, state Medicaid agencies, and carriers.

Extension of State-Based SHOP Direct Enrollment Transition

CMS recently issued guidance which extends their transitional policy (originally put in place in 2015) to allow state-based marketplaces to continue to leverage direct enrollment (which is different than individual DE) for their SHOP solution through plan year 2018, rather than building their own stand-alone SHOP exchange. Beginning in 2019, state-based marketplaces who are currently […]

April 25th, 2016|Blog|

FFM vs. Private Exchanges: A look at President Obama’s proposed FY 2017 Budget

In February, President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget which contains information on his funding requests for this upcoming fiscal year. The budget includes a request for an additional $535M to run the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM) on top of the $1.6B that is already being collected from marketplace user fees. The FFM currently […]

February 26th, 2016|Blog|