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The Exchange Name Game: Oregon and Mass. Lead

Erin Thurston | Jun 17, 2013 | Oregon

If you’re like us, you may have noticed some similarities in the names of the state health benefit exchanges. We’ve previously noted our fondness for the name Cover Oregon, and it looks like we weren’t alone. While there are many variations and creative branding, Massachusetts and Oregon appear to be...[ Read More ]

National Insurers Begin To Reveal Plans For Exchanges

Erin Thurston | May 6, 2013

Some of the country's largest health insurers are beginning to reveal their plans for operating in the state and federal exchange markets. Cigna plans to participate in five state exchanges, four of which will be operated by the federal government. Meanwhile, United Healthcare has said they will participate in somewhere...[ Read More ]

Sec. Sebelius Reflects on Unanticipated Confusion from the ACA

Erin Thurston | Apr 10, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she underestimated challenges and misinformation created by the slow roll-out of health care reform saying it's a "state-by-state" political battle of information, especially in states where governors  strongly oppose the reforms. From Politico: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she underestimated how long...[ Read More ]

Financing for the Exchange Passes State House

Erin Thurston | Mar 12, 2013 | Washington

HB 1947, better known as the legislative proposal for financing the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, passed the House of Representatives yesterday 69-29. The bill is similar to funding recommendation option "B" presented by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board to the State Legislature in December. Operational costs of the Exchange...[ Read More ]

Seattle Business Magazine Honors Stanley with Lifetime Achievement in Health Care

Erin Thurston | Mar 5, 2013 | Washington

Washington Health Benefit Exchange board chair Margaret Stanley graces the cover of this Month’s Seattle Business Magazine as part of a feature saluting 25 Leaders in Health Care. In the pages of this month’s issue, Stanley is honored for Lifetime Achievement in health care. The article focuses on Stanley’s decorated...[ Read More ]