18 US states plan to start own health insurance marketplaces

By Admin
The 18 U.S. states are planning to commence their own health insurance marketplaces, which will be available to consumers and businesses in 2014, U.S...

The 18 U.S. states are planning to commence their own health insurance marketplaces, which will be available to consumers and businesses in 2014, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

The states were given the deadline to inform the federal government if they would operate  healthcare exchanges under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by December 14.

The number of states taking part  is in line with expectations and leaves the government to form their online market places for the rest of the country.

The exchanges are one of the key aspects of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in 2010. They will create online marketplaces where individuals can buy health insurance from companies like UnitedHealth Group, Wellpoint Inc, Aetna Inc and Cigna Corp.

Kathleen Sebelius also said, "The marketplace will provide consumers and small businesses one-stop shopping for health insurance with better information about plan benefits, quality and cost - simplifying the process for buying health insurance."

Between the exchanges and expansion of Medicaid government healthcare for the poor, more than 30 million people are expected to become insured in the next decade.

The states that submitted applications for exchanges are California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah. T

he government on Friday, conditionally approved the plans previously submitted by the District of Columbia, Kentucky and New York. It had previously backed plans from Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington.

The remaining 32 states have until February 15, 2013, to declare whether they want to set up a health exchange in partnership with the government.

Share
Share

Featured Articles

Snowflake: Transforming patient healthcare with Gen AI

Jesse Cugliotta, Healthcare & Life Science at Snowflake, discusses revolutionising healthcare efficiency and improving patient care with Gen AI

Johnson & Johnson: Turning supplier spend into local support

Johnson & Johnson’s Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team is growing spending with social enterprises around the globe to expand its impact

Seasonal Affective Disorder’s impact on health & solutions

Dr Ravi Gill & Dr. Naomi Newman-Beinart discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder and its treatments, from vitamin D spray to light therapy

CGI teams up with Totalmobile for digital healthcare service

Digital Healthcare

Deloitte: generative AI can improve access to healthcare

Technology & AI

Wipro & NVIDIA’s revolutionary healthcare uses generative AI

AI & ML