July 13, 2011

The Evolution of State Health Insurance Exchanges

Co-Sponsored by The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

This Forum examined the Accountable Care Act’s requirement that states establish health insurance exchanges by 2014 in order to extend coverage to the uninsured and expand insurance choices for individuals and small businesses. It began by examining the potential impact of exchanges on health insurance plans including their business practices and products. It then discussed the approaches taken by three different states - California, Maryland, and Vermont - to design their exchange models. Finally, given the political pressure for modifying certain aspects of the ACA, this Forum discussed potential avenues for compromise between Democrats and Republicans and examined potential changes to the law that could improve stakeholder’s ability to implement health insurance exchanges more effectively.

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Participants

Conference Report

Presentations

Health Insurance Exchanges: How to Compete Successfully
Jon Kingsdale, PhD, Managing Director, Wakely Consulting Group

Evolution of State Health Insurance Exchanges
Marla Pantano, Senior Actuary, Aetna Health Care Reform Project Management Office

Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange: Foundation for a Single Payer
Anya Rader Wallack, PhD, Special Assistant to Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin for Health Care Reform

Is Compromise Possible in the Political Battle over Health Reform?
Len M. Nichols, PhD, Professor, George Mason University