What We're Reading at REACH

June 3, 2013  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Beginning October 1, 2013, consumers will be able to purchase health insurance coverage that will go into effect in 2014 using the health insurance marketplace, a web-based tool that will allow individuals to comparison shop for health insurance coverage plans. The marketplace will present comparative information about health plans including availability, covered benefits, premiums, provider networks and financial information such as the amount plans spend to pay medical claims relative to administrative costs. Seventeen states will operate their own health insurance exchanges. The federal government will be involved in administering exchanges in 33 states, including for Kansas and Missouri. 

There are a number of articles and reports on the coming of the marketplace, and consumers’ understanding (or lack) of this new tool:

State Insurance Marketplace Profiles, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kansas Insurers Gearing Up to Market New Plans on the Exchange, KHI News, May 27, 2013

New California Health Insurance Rates Unveiled, Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2013

The Few Things We Know About Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace, KBIA, March 20, 2013

Many Workers Aren’t Ready for Health Care Reform, The Kansas City Star, April 24, 2013