Vast Differences Between States Readiness for HIX Go-Live Date

by Patrick Riley 15 Aug 2013
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States such as New York and Connecticut, who opted to run their own HIX, are ramping up strategically and with forward thinking to be ready to begin enrolling people who need health insurance this October. Connecticut is opening 9 retail store fronts that will resemble Apple stores and New York's Governor Cuomo is personally involved in ensuring the Empire state is ready to go in 6 short weeks.

Contrast this activity to Missouri where virtually nothing is being done, by design. The state lawmakers overwhelming oppose the Affordable Care Act, and as a result the good people of Missouri have no incling of the process, the premiums, essential health benefits, approved health plans or anything at all to do with the federal government running their health insurance exchange. Nothing has been published, spoken, or even hinted. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Serives or CMS has said that "specifics" will be made available on or about September 1st giving the entire state 30 days to disseminate, digest, and  understand a complex and truly new subject. CMS plans to simply refer individuals to their site for more information.

The Supreme Court, in its June of 2012 decision left the operational guts of establishment of HIXs to the states. Be careful what you wish for. Some states, and it is their constitutional right, have said no thank you.

I welcome, as always, your feedback and comments. You can follow me as I explore health insurance exchanges, the good, the bad, over the next year on Twitter @Patrick_FrostHC

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