insurance exchanges


insurance exchanges

Florida Sets Up Mini-Exchange for Small Businesses

Monday, October 10th, 2011 - 8:09
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 07:59
Florida, one of the staunchest opponents of the health reform law, will offer a health insurance exchange for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, according to a report from Kaiser Health News. The exchange will not offer coverage to individuals, set a minimum level of essential benefits or provide subsidies to businesses to help them afford coverage. Setting up the exchange for small businesses is a far cry from the exchange(s) called for under health reform.

HHS Talks With States About Exchange Partnerships

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - 8:57
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 08:35
Health officials from the states -- even those with Republican leadership opposed to the health reform law -- met with Obama administration officials in Washington yesterday to discuss partnerships for establishing and running health insurance exchanges, according to Kaiser Health News and McClatchy News Service.

Exchange Implementation Deadlines Likely to Be More Flexible Than Many Expect

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - 8:06
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 08:03
Health Insurance Exchange discussions typically feature two key points:

Illinois Legislators Involved in Health Exchanges Accept Insurance Industry Money

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - 15:31
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 15:06
The Houston Chronicle reports that Illinois state lawmakers tasked with making recommendations to the General Assembly have received campaign dollars from health insurers who could potentially benefit from the organization of the state's health insurance exchange. The contributions found their way into the political coffers of the Illinois study committee's co-chairpersons, representing both sides of the aisle.

Little-known Health Care CO-OPs Starting to Emerge in Roll-Out of Health Reform

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 - 8:04
Monday, August 22, 2011 - 07:56
On July 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued standards and regulations for establishing Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans, or “CO-OPs.” CO-OPs are private, non-profit health insurers with a board made up of those who sign up for the insurance.

What Money Will HHS Use to Set Up Backstop Exchanges In The States?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 - 8:04
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 07:53
An article in Politico discusses how the federal government is handing out hundreds of millions of dollars to states to assist them as they set up insurance exchanges, but that HHS doesn't have any specific money to use if it is forced to set up exchanges on its own.

Kansas Becomes Second States To Drop Out of "Early Innovator" Program

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 - 7:59
Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 07:44
Kansas has become the second state to return an "Early Innovator" grant from the federal government that was designed to enable a handful of states to become leaders in the development of insurance exchanges. Oklahome became the first state to do so earlier this year.

Exchange Boards Create Consternation for Some

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 - 7:56
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 07:44
As if setting up insurance exchanges hasn't been difficult enough for states, there are also thorny problems when it comes to who is going to sit on the governing boards overseeing them. As Politico reported earlier this week, consumer advocates are voicing concerns that health care industry reps -- brokers, agents, health plan executives -- will have too much representation on the health exchange governing boards.

Exchange Rules Provide Extensive Guidance But Unresolved Challenges Remain

Monday, August 1st, 2011 - 7:42
Monday, August 1, 2011 - 07:37
New regulations issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services in July establish federal standards for states creating Health Insurance Exchanges and also stipulate standards that health insurers must meet to participate in the Exchanges (42 CFR Part 155 and 42 CFR Part 156, respectively).  

"Hybrid Approach" on Running Insurance Exchanges May Lessen Deadline Pressures

Monday, July 25th, 2011 - 8:06
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 08:01
Last week, the Obama administration official in charge of overseeing the implementation of insurance exchanges in the states acknowledged a concern that is becoming more prominent: that states won’t meet the 2014 deadline set in the health reform law.