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US: Health insurance marketplace opens October 1, 2013

There are members of my family — perhaps yours as well — who would be interested in an overview of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a.k.a. exchanges, opening October 1, 2013.  The exchanges will offer a way to buy private insurance coverage that will start beginning January 2014.  There is an article posted online today in JAMA, written by Dr. Howard Koh, who is the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services and Marilyn Tavenner, who is the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — so it’s authoritative.  They provide information about options for low-income individuals and families, as well.

There is a website, of course, at http://www.healthcare.gov, and it is already populated, so I took a look.  I liked the snappy little video:  What Is the Health Insurance Marketplace? http://www.healthcare.gov/videos/2013/01/health-insurance-marketplace.html (short video)

Source: Koh, H., and Tavenner, M.  Connecting to health insurance coverage.  JAMA, Apr. 15, 2013.  Click here for free full text: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/0/jama.2013.3469.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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