(Neb.)-Nebraska- Vs. Federal-Based Health Insurance Exchange
The Nebraska Health Care Alliance kicks off its public educational meetings across the state on the formation of a Nebraska-based health insurance exchange, which will serve as a marketplace to buy insurance. The initiative aims to help Nebraska individuals, businesses and decision makers better understand the complicated issues surrounding the development of a state-based health insurance marketplace and the importance of taking the necessary steps to keep Nebraska in the driver’s seat. The forums begin next week with meetings in McCook, Columbus, and Lincoln.
The Nebraska Health Care Alliance is a group of organizations, businesses and individuals that support a Nebraska run health insurance marketplace. The Affordable Care Act requires that each state establish new online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses compare, shop and enroll in private health insurance coverage or public benefits programs.
If Nebraska chose not to take steps toward establishment of a state-based marketplace, the federal government will impose a one-size-fits-all federal exchange in 2014. The Alliance supports a Nebraska-based health marketplace where decisions about what is best for Nebraskans are made in the state instead of Washington, DC.
“Nebraska, and not the federal government, should choose to develop a state-based exchange that meets Nebraska's unique needs,” said Paul Utemark, Alliance member and spokesman.
In 2014, Americans will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance, through Health Insurance Exchanges. If regulated by our state--not by the federal government--this new system will empower consumers to determine which health plans suit them. Nebraska should choose to develop a state-based Exchange that meets Nebraska's unique needs.
--Submitted by Sam Fischer
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