Thursday, August 23, 2012
HHS approves CT application for more insurance exchange funding
Today Health and Human Services, the federal agency tasked with approving and funding state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, announced that CT’s Level II insurance exchange application has been approved for $107 million, along with new grants for seven other states. A large part of CT’s grant is meant to fund development of an IT system to coordinate “eligibility, enrollment, and information exchange among individuals, employers, insurance carriers, and state and federal government agencies”. This function is sorely needed, long overdue, and hopefully CT’s Health Insurance Exchange will do a good job of designing and procuring this system. Advocates have been critical of many decisions made by the insurance-dominated exchange Board, which includes no independent consumer representatives.