4-21-10: Health Insurance Exchanges — Like Orbitz, but For Your Health

April 21, 2010 at 7:32 am 1 comment

In 2014, when the health reform law fully kicks in, about 30 million Americans will need to find a way to get health insurance.

By then, they’ll have a new way to buy it — the “health benefit exchange.” It’s sort of like Travelocity, but instead of airlines and seating and fares, the exchange will allow Americans to choose from a variety of plans and insurers.

Actually…it’s more complicated than that. Maryland Morning producer Bruce Wallace spent some time trying to figure out what, exactly, a health benefit exchange is.

Want to know more about health insurance exchanges? (Of course you do.) Check out primers from the Urban Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

This is Maryland Morning’s third installment in “Diagnosis: Healthcare Reform’s Impact on Marylanders.” Tune in Friday, when Sheilah investigates how small businesses might fare under health care reform.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. altruance  |  April 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Most states already have some form of health insurance exchanges already in place. If you do not have health insurance because you can not afford it check with your state’s health and human services website to see what is available.


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