Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Update: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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In today's Health Insurance Exchange Report, we see an overwhelming trend.  All of the states today have chosen to implement their own exchange.  Their next challenge is what to cover?  And for those who have not made their statement that they intend to create an exchange, the Obama Administration is making a push for them to do so.

In California, John Ramey, the President of the Local Health Plans of California writes to the Mercury News sharing his desire for his state to consider instituting a Basic Health Plan. This would allow for more than 800,000 Californians to be eligible for the healthcare. For John's complete opinion piece, visit Mercury News.

The Oregon Health Policy Board is meeting today to discuss what they'll be covering in their state run exchange. According to Oregon Live, they will be addressing what the lowest benefits they will carry are on the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange.

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine is making headway in their quest to open their state run exchange. Adam Searing, Project Director for the Health Access Coalition at the N.C. Justice Center also believes that the state must extend their coverage to some of the poorest in the state. With the federal government paying for 93% of the expansion, expansion is necessary. News Observer also comments that in addition to helping with coverage to these poorest Americans, in turn, the hospitals in those rural areas would receive more funding as they often foot the bill for those who cannot pay.

Here's a quick Q&A with Mike Chaney, State Insurance Commissioner of Mississippi from the North Eastern Mississippi Daily Journal.

And finally, this week is the week the Obama Administration is making a big push to encourage states to begin working on their own exchanges.  It's critical to start now in order to have the exchange done by the due date set by the Affordable Care Act.  They'll be making stops in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago and Denver.  With only 15 states having started on their exchange, the Federal Government is currently worried about the degree of cooperation they'll receive when coordinating the reminder of the states for a Federal Exchange.  The Chicago Tribute has more.

This November, the Health Insurance Exchange Congress will be held November 13-14, 2012 in Chicago, IL.  Here, state officials and health plans with the only opportunity to come together to discuss PPACA and strategize on how to make this a successful opportunity for all.  For more information on this year's agenda, download the program here.  As a reader of this blog, when you register to join us and mention code XP1710BLOG, you'll receive 15% off the standard rate!

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