The Alabama Department of Insurance (DOI) is asking for bids from companies that can help it plan for the states Alabama’s Health Benefit Exchange.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires each state to establish an exchange that performs offers residents a way to compare available health benefit plans, enroll in plans and receive subsidies if eligible.

Firms winning a bid with Alabama’s DOI will be awarded contracts for nine-month terms/ Contract s are expected to start about Feb. 1, 2011

Bidders must submit requests for proposal no later than Dec. 17.

-Trevor Thomas