Healthcare Exchanges


Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Insurance Brokers Look For Relevance As Health Exchanges Grow

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:38 am

Tim Hebert, an insurance broker in Fort Collins, Colo., says he expects that the health care law will wind up being good for his business.
Kara Donahoe Courtesy of Tim Hebert

When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried.

All told about $200 million is being spent on a new army of people to help consumers find their way. These navigators, guides or assisters, as they're called, would seem to threaten the business of traditional brokers.

Many brokers work for small independent businesses. So are brokers at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?

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Thu October 3, 2013
Business Report

State Regulators Probe Complaints Of Healthcare Rate Threats

Screencap of Colorado's health insurance exchange website

As Coloradans begin shopping for health insurance via the newly opened exchange,  the Division of Insurance is looking into letters some people say they’ve gotten from their insurance carriers warning of higher rates if they don’t renew their existing policies.

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Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:11 pm

An employee of Covered California works in the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Walk down the carpeted hallways of Westwind Media in Burbank, Calif., and it's common to hear the odd explosion, the hum of traffic or a burst of gunfire.

It's here in these edit bays that small feature films and TV dramas like the ABC hits Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and CBS's Person of Interest get primped and polished for prime-time viewing.

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Wed October 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obamacare Day One: A Tale Of Two States

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:39 am

Onita Sanders (right), a certified application counselor at the Southeastern Virginia Health System, helps Virginia resident Brenda Harrell with health coverage options at Enrollfest in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday.
Jenny Gold for NPR

In a call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Tuesday, all the workers wore the same T-shirt: "Keep Calm And Go Live."

They were ready and waiting to take calls from consumers who could buy health insurance on California's new insurance marketplace for the first time. So the T-shirts urged calm, but the mood was ecstatic and emotional among the architects and key backers who gathered to flip the switch on the Golden State's exchange.

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Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Colorado's Exchange Opens After Years of Bipartisan Effort

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:27 am

Colorado has taken its own route to building a health exchange.

Colorado's health care exchange opened as planned today, at 8 am Mountain time. Not long after that, the website started scrolling a message: "Due to overwhelming interest, we are temporarily suspending the creation of accounts, please continue to browse plans."

The state has been planning for this day since 2007, when leaders from both political parties in the state started talking about overhauling health care. It's one of just 16 states that chose to create its own health insurance exchange, rather than using one run by the federal government.

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