The Health Care Authority has undertaken an effort to gather feedback specifically from small businesses in advance of the roll out of the Exchange in 2014.

They’ve put together an online survey and have announced a set of focus groups to be held in the weeks ahead.  Milliman will be conducting the surveys.

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has been taking exciting first steps toward designing the new health insurance marketplace that will launch in January 2014, currently called the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange, or the Exchange.This fall,the HCA is inviting small employers like you from around the state to play an important role in the development of the Exchange.


As an employer with 50 or fewer employees, the HCA wants to hear what you think about health insurance for your employees. Your input will help the HCA make important decisions about the design of the new Exchange and the Small Business Health Options Program (or SHOP), where small employers will be able to purchase group health insurance for their employees.

If you’re interested in taking the survey, and signing up for the focus groups, you can find the link here.