What is a Health Insurance Exchange?

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

March 2, 2011

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The Affordable Care Act (commonly called federal health reform) creates new health insurance “exchanges” that will open in 2014. An exchange is a competitive marketplace for health insurance—think of Travelocity for airplane tickets and Amazon for books—that will give consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when buying health insurance.

Five-part primer series:

Part Two: Current Budgets Would Place Texas Medicaid and CHIP in Critical Condition

Part Three: Designing a Health Insurance Exchange: The Right Choices for Texas

Part Four: Budget Bills Short on Health Care for Texans

Part Five: Threats to Health Care: Attacks on Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and Health Reform and Austin and Washington