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September 18, 2014

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From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Consumers who shop for coverage on public insurance exchanges this fall will see scores of new products and dozens of carriers that didn’t participate a year ago, according to a survey of 50 state departments of insurance conducted by HEX between Sept. 8 and 12 (see table, pp. 6-7). With few exceptions, both state-based exchanges (SBEs) and federally facilitated exchanges (FFEs) expect to have new carriers selling individual and/or small-group coverage through the exchanges. In FFE states, HHS requires that state regulators review proposed exchange products to ensure that they comply with state law. HHS still needs to grant final approval in states where it operates the exchanges. Read more

On Sept. 15, Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross announced a new private insurance… Read more

Unless states are able to share technology systems with the feds or… Read more

Kevin Counihan, who successfully navigated the implementation of Connecticut’s insurance exchange —… Read more

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September 23, 2014
Idaho Approves Blue Cross, Four Rivals for Exchange Plans

Idaho approves Blue Cross and four rivals for exchange plans. http://tinyurl.com/o7xbhs3

September 23, 2014
Avalere Health Study Says Just 65% of Public Exchanges Cover Drugs for Rare Diseases

An Avalere Health study says just 65% of public exchange plans cover drugs for rare diseases like Huntington's and sickle cell anemia. http://www.amcp.org/JMCP/2014/October/18584/1033.html

September 18, 2014
Carriers That Filed to Sell Individual Coverage via Public Exchanges in 2015

Click here to see a state-by-state list of carriers that have filed to sell coverage on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange.

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