How do exchanges improve health plan quality and value?

One component to the Affordable Care Act being instituted as of January 1, 2014 is the addition of healthcare exchanges. Healthcare exchanges will be required throughout the United States and will create a marketplace through which individuals and small business owners can find affordable health care plans.

How Will Healthcare Exchanges Work?

While the details haven’t all been set in stone, a healthcare exchange will provide access to multiple types of insurance products. Individuals will be able to contact a healthcare exchange so they can compare different types of insurance policy to find the best one for them. There will be separate exchanges for individuals seeking insurance and small companies seeking insurance.

How Do Exchanges Improve My Health Plan?

A healthcare exchange requires that insurance companies compete against each other for their clients. This means that insurance companies will be forced to lower their costs and increase the benefits of their policies so they can stay competitive within the market. Healthcare exchanges will also help to assist individuals in choosing the best coverage for their situation.

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What are an Exchange’s responsibilities?

With individual health insurance becoming a mandatory requirement in January 2014, it’s time to become aware of what is expected of you as an individual, and the responsibility of the individual exchanges. What are the responsibilities of an exchange?

The exchanges carry the burden of making sure health care providers comply with the minimum standards in providing health care. They are the “store” that carries a variety of products that will be offered for consumer selection. The exchanges will make sure all consumers are aware of pricing, quality ratings and performance and will also have the responsibility of making sure enrollees who qualify for subsidies and exemptions get the proper credit. Employers will have the advantage of having the exchanges work with them to make sure they are in compliance. By using an exchange, individuals and businesses should have smoother transitions in enrolling into health plans and complying with the law. Although making sure you are enrolled into a health plan is your obligation, using the exchange for information should make things a lot easier.

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