Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace|
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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
By now, you have probably been exposed to a lot of information about the Health Insurance Marketplace — also referred to as the Health Insurance Exchange. The Affordable Care Act requires a Health Insurance Marketplace in each state for individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance.
In Texas, we have a federally-facilitated Marketplace. Texas Health is collaborating with local governments and non-governmental organizations to help people understand what the Marketplace provides and how it might be of value to employers and individuals.
The purpose of the Marketplace is to provide families and small businesses who currently don’t have coverage a way to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, and sign up for coverage.
According to data provided by the federal Health and Human Services agency, 4.8 million Texans are uninsured and eligible for coverage through the Marketplace. Of those, 3.8 million have a full-time worker in the family.
Open enrollment for plans listed through the Marketplace began Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31, 2014. Coverage starts January 1, 2014.
For more information about health coverage through the Texas Marketplace, visit HealthCare.gov. You can also find information and links to other resources at TexasHealth.org.
Texas Health believes that helping Texans get affordable coverage could advance our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.