Health Insurance Exchange Stampede: Several Groups Lobby for Exchange Rules

Several different factions within the healthcare system have been lobbying and commenting on how health insurance exchanges should be formed, according to a Washington Post report.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states must have a health insurance exchange operating by 2014 to serve as marketplaces for individuals and small businesses to compare and buy health insurance plans, or the federal government will step in to set it up. Several states are in the process of establishing the exchanges, but several health industry groups having been voicing their opinions to the Department of Health and Human Services on what the final rules should include, according to the report.

Groups ranging from CVS Caremark to America's Health Insurance Plans to the National Women's Law Center have lobbied the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a group that represents each state's top insurance regulator and will use the final rules to set up the exchanges.

Some of the mentioned organizations have stated their cases on the foundational rules, such as who will be authorized to sell insurance in the exchange and what benefits health plans have to cover. Other groups like Young Invincibles are pushing for accessibility issues, such as making the health insurance exchanges available through mobile devices.

The federal government posted its proposed rules in Aug. 2010.

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