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Health Care Exchange Could Create Market Instability

The health care exchange is intended to function as a tool for consumers to learn about their health care options and make more informed decisions.

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The state is proceeding with its plans as if the health care act will be upheld by courts, even though Indiana is part of one of the lawsuits challenging federal law.

There are still many questions to be answered and decisions to be made about Indiana’s health care exchange system. The state is required to set up the system as part of the federal affordable health care act.

Family and Social Services representative Seema Verma, who is spearheading Indiana’s compliance with the federal health care act, briefed legislators Wednesday on establishing a health care exchange. The system is intended to function as a tool for consumers and businesses to learn about their different health care options and make more informed decisions.

Verma outlined a number of models the state can use, including ceding control to the federal government. But she warned that, under the current federal guidelines, the open enrollment period for the exchange each year would be brief, meaning that the system would potentially face one million Hoosiers almost all at once.

“Because of the short timeline, it’s possible that that may be very difficult to do in those early years. You could create a lot of instability in the marketplace.” Verma said the state is proceeding with its plans as if the health care act will be upheld by courts even though Indiana is part of one of the lawsuits challenging federal law.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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