Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DC is moving ahead in creating its health exchange—the marketplace for individual and small group insurance plans required under the provisions of President Obama's health care reform—and the board responsible for it yesterday voted to bar insurers ... Read more

The Washington Post
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mohammad N. Akhter, chair of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange board and a former city health director, said the authority had no hard data on what cost impact banning tobacco surcharges might have on nonsmoker premiums. But he said the vote furthers ... Read more

Monday, April 8, 2013

The board of the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority -- the "HBX" -- wants the HBX to start life with a feature that will wow small-employer users. The HBX board has decided that the DC "Small Business Health Options Program" (SHOP ... Read more

Health Benefit Exchange Authority
Friday, April 5, 2013

Small businesses (those with 50 or fewer employees) will be able to offer health benefits to their workers through the DC Exchange, an on-line marketplace in ... Read more

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Agency wants to find out what companies might sell medical insurance and dental coverage through the D.C. exchange. The agency has put out a request for letters of intent from would-be DC exchange ... Read more

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Proposed Resolution 20-161, the “Health Benefit Exchange Authority Establishment. Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2013”. • Bill 20-194, the “ Health ... Read more

The Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 1, 2013

Two health-insurance carriers in Vermont are proposing to keep their rates about flat next year when the Obama health-law overhaul takes full effect, a development that experts say is unlikely to be matched in other states where premiums could surge.

Vermont on Monday became the first state to signal how much insurers are seeking to charge when the federal law kicks in.

But because benefits in the state's plans are already relatively close to meeting most of the law's requirements, insurers didn't need to make major changes to the relatively costly policies they already offer.

In contrast, the federal law's requirements that insurers must enroll all customers regardless of their medical history or claims, limit what they pay out of pocket for care, and cover a wide range of benefits could boost insurance costs in other states that have had less stringent rules in place. Subsidies would offset part of potential increases for lower-income consumers. Read more

Washington Business Journal
Friday, March 29, 2013

This month marked the third anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care. Read more

Washington Business Journal
Friday, March 22, 2013

The DC Health Benefit Exchange's executive board approved on Friday rules designed to lure insurance plans into the government-run marketplace and established guidelines to keep things simple for consumers.

Under the new rules, there will be no limit on how many different plans an insurer can offer through the exchange. Some states are taking a harder line in regulating participation, but the DC group is trying to overcome the jurisdiction's small size by opening the doors widely. Read more here…

The Washington Post
Monday, March 18, 2013

When asked to describe what it’s like to build an insurance market from scratch, D.C. Health Benefits Exchange Executive Director Mila Kofman settled on two words: “Organized chaos.” Read more

CEO Update
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Washington, DC-based associations with 50 or fewer employees will have at least one more year to transition to the city’s new health insurance market. The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority unanimously approved a transition plan March 13.

During this transition, small businesses wanting to buy coverage for their employees for the first time in 2014—as well as consumers buying individual plans—must shop for health insurance on a new web based portal. But small businesses may postpone using the portal until it is time to renew or change plans that will commence in calendar year 2015. Businesses with 51 to 100 employees will also be eligible to use the exchange for coverage beginning in 2016, according to federal law. Read more

NBC News
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Twenty-four states now have been approved to set up their own health insurance exchanges, just seven months before people can start to enroll. That leaves the federal government to run 26 exchanges according to its own rules. No one’s quite sure yet what they will look like, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that many of them, at least, will provide an overwhelming range of choices for millions of people who may never have had to choose health insurance before.

Here are four things people can expect from the new exchanges: Read more