State lawmakers will be talking about health insurance exchanges at the upcoming summer meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).
NCOIL, Troy, N.Y., says the summer meeting will feature one session on state efforts to plan their health insurance exchanges and a second session on operational challenges.
NCOIL, which represents state lawmakers who have an interest in insurance issues, is billing the health insurance exchange sessions as being part of an exchange symposium with the title, “What Does Your State Not Know About Health Exchanges?”
“What are states doing, and why?” NCOIL asks. “What of funding and governance? How will agencies interact? How to integrate tons of data? What answers from early innovators?”
NCOIL’s 4-day summer meeting is set to start in Newport, R.I., July 14.
At the meeting, NCOIL also will host a session featuring representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., and a session on the effect of the new federal minimum medical loss ratio requirements for health insurers.
The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is supposed to bring an exchange system to life in 2014.
Republicans and some Democrats are trying to block implementation of parts or all of PPACA. If the exchange provision and related provisions take effect as written, PPACA will create a new health insurance purchase tax subsidy program in 2014.
Consumers and small groups will be able to use the subsidies to buy health coverage through the exchanges.
PPACA would impose some minimum standards for the coverage sold through the exchange system, and states could impose other standards and decide how, and whether, the exchanges should try to help consumers and small groups negotiate with carriers or simply bring prospects and carriers together.