Six States to Get Help from NGA to Jump Start Health Insurance Exchanges

If you are in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Washington the discussion on health insurance exchanges will ramp up soon.

Last week the National Governors Association announced that it would coordinate customized one-day retreats for those six states to help them prepare for health insurance exchanges.

Some of these states have taken some early action. Utah enacted HB 128 establishing a study panel. Washington passed SB 5445 in May to establish a health benefit exchange. Nevada adopted SB 440 during its 2011 session. But in Illinois legislation is still pending, legislation failed in Alabama, and no legislation has been introduced in Kentucky.

NGA has said that each state’s retreat will provide a full day for health officials to work together to determine strategy, work through tasks related to planning and implementing an exchange and identify key issues to be decided by the state's governor.

The Affordable Care Act calls for states to have met certain deadlines by January 2013 or the federal government will run the state health insurance exchange. State health insurance exchanges require coordination between various state agencies, including at least the insurance and Medicaid agencies.

Resources on state health insurance exchanges:

A complimentary CSG webinar on health insurance exchanges will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 2 p.m. EST. Department of Health and Human Services official Steve Larson will provide the latest information on health insurance exchanges, including the status of federal regulations, federal financial assistance and state program options. Register here.

For a full listing of legislation considered in all states and links to bills, see this chart from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.