Health Insurance Exchanges
By providing a place for one-stop shopping, Exchanges will make purchasing health insurance easier and more understandable. Although Exchanges are not scheduled to start for a few years, work is already underway to design and implement them. States have a major role in the creation and operation of the Health Insurance Exchanges and HHS is committed to working closely with them every step of the way.
Health Insurance Exchanges Information Technology
Consumer-friendly IT infrastructure will be critical to Exchanges’ success. To help, HHS announced a new competitive “Early Innovators” grant announcement to reward States that demonstrate leadership in developing cutting-edge and cost effective consumer-based technologies and models for insurance eligibility and enrollment for Exchanges. HHS also issued guidance for IT systems to make them simple and seamless in identifying people who qualify for tax credits, cost sharing reductions, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).