Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ensuring North Carolina’s Health Benefits Exchange is Accountable to MS Consumers

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The Affordable Care Act calls for each state to set up an “exchange” or marketplace for individuals and small business to shop for health insurance at affordable and competitive rates, regardless of pre-existing conditions.  The creation of state exchanges will help extend coverage for all North Carolinians.

The National MS Society, North Carolina Chapters has actively monitored the NC Institute of Medicine’s Health Benefits Exchange Work Group and when necessary will lobby NC legislators with partnering organizations to ensure the development of a health benefits exchange that is accountable to consumers. Recent efforts have centered on the development of strong conflict of interest policies and strong consumer representation on an independent board that will establish the exchange and set the rules for the marketplace.

To learn about the benefits of the exchange and efforts to ensure a consumer-friendly health benefits exchange read today’s Op-Ed article in the News & Observer, Reshaping N.C.'s Health Coverage.
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