State flexibility takes center stage in proposed federal rules governing marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can shop for health insurance starting in 2014.The long-anticipated rules released Monday are less prescriptive than some consumer advocates desired, but grant states’ requests that they be given broad leeway to design and regulate the marketplaces, called exchanges.
The final stop of a 13-city tour of Mississippi to explain and gather ideas about a health insurance exchange was held Friday at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus.
The Mississippi Insurance Department has taken to the highway to seek input as it works toward creating a health insurance exchange to comply with the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The state of Mississippi has until Jan. 1, 2014, to set up health insurance exchanges for individuals, small businesses and others as part of last year’s federal health care overhaul. Officials are trying to figure out how to most effectively set up and operate the program.
Area residents had plenty of questions Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Olive Branch about the new federal health care reform legislation, but the session was more about distributing information than taking questions.
Northeast Mississippians had a chance to chew on plans for a state health exchange at a public forum Tuesday.Under federal health care reform laws, states must have an exchange in place Jan. 1, 2014, or use a federal health care exchange.Health exchanges are central hubs where health insurance plans can be compared side by side and purchased. It allows for a range of coverage options. Companies would compete on service, price and networks.