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The health insurance exchange program appears at least twice on the preliminary agenda of the upcoming summer meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).

NCOIL, Troy, N.Y., is set to start the 4-day meeting July 14 in Newport, R.I.

NCOIL will be offering a symposium on health insurance exchanges July 14.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) calls for states to set up a system of exchanges by 2014. The exchanges are supposed to help individuals and small groups by high-quality health coverage using a new health insurance purchase tax subsidy system.

PPACA is supposed to give states the flexibility to tailor exchanges to suit local needs.

One part of the NCOIL exchange symposium has the title, “Against the Clock: How are States Planning Their Health Exchanges?”

The other part has the title, “Navigating Exchanges: Operational Challenges and Innovator Answers.”

Later, during a dialogue between NCOIL members and representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo., NCOIL members may talk about exchange issues with the commissioners.

The NCOIL meeting agenda also includes a luncheon workshop on the new PPACA minimum medical loss ratio rules.

The agenda for the NCOIL-NAIC dialogue lists discussion topics such as market conduct examinations, unclaimed property examinations, principles-based reserving and the new Federal Insurance Office as well as health insurance issues.

- Allison Bell

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