Insurance exchange planning meeting

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CT’s Health Insurance Exchange Planning Group held its first meeting under the new administration. Filed legislation offers two very different views for CT’s health insurance exchange, particularly regarding the role of insurers and providers in developing standards and choosing health plans allowed to participate in the exchange. OPM reported on the RFP for development of CT’s exchange planning grant; six letters of intent have been received. The group discussed the successful regional application, led by Massachusetts, for exchange enrollment planning and how it will benefit CT. The current twenty two members of the planning group include five from the insurance industry, eleven from state agencies, four providers, one small business representative and a former legislator; no consumers or advocates are included. It was noted that membership of the group will be changing. OPM is developing an outreach strategy to collect input from stakeholder groups and the public. OPM will be accepting comment on the plan from committee members until March 4th.
Ellen Andrews