Department of HHS: PREMIUM AFFORDABILITY, COMPETITION, AND CHOICE IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE, 2014 A central feature of the Affordable Care Act is the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) where consumers can purchase health insurance plans in a competitive market. Consumers may be eligible for financial assistance to offset the cost of premiums, if … Continue reading

California Healthline: The Exchanges Won’t Be ‘Ready’ in Time. And it (Probably) Won’t Matter.

by Dan Diamond  As states race to implement health reform, California doesn’t want to settle for second. “We don’t want to be a pace car state” when it comes to implementing health reform, state HHS Secretary Diana Dooley told Politico back in January 2011. “We want to be the lead car.” It’s a metaphor that California leaders have returned … Continue reading

Washington Post: Inside the Obama administration’s plan to build 25 insurance markets

Posted by Sarah Kliff on February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am For months now, its been one of the health care overhaul’s biggest unknowns: Will the federal government be ready to run two dozen state insurance marketplaces? On Thursday Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight gave the Senate Finance Committee the most … Continue reading

California Healthline: California Receives $196M Grant From HHS To Establish Exchange

On Thursday, HHS announced that it has distributed establishment grants to California and seven other states to create health insurance exchanges under the federal health reform law, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports (Viebeck, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 8/23). The establishment grants are intended to help states that are further along in their exchange planning, according to HHS (Gantz, Washington Business Journal, 8/23). … Continue reading

California Healthline: What’s in the Exchange Name?

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

by David Gorn A few ideas for a new name — ranging from the expected, traditional options to the less expected, non-traditional  — were floated at yesterday’s Health Benefit Exchange board meeting. The board’s executive director, Peter Lee, also announced yesterday that the federal government just approved the exchange’s Level 1.2 grant request for $196 … Continue reading

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