The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded funds to help individual states develop and implement install health insurance exchanges. Last week HHS announced $49 million to be used toward state-based exchanges that will provide consumers and businesses with "one-stop-shopping" to compare and buy health insurance.
If HIE implementation can be done right, Jost says, the entire healthcare system will benefit. As he wrote in the Commonwealth Fund blog, “If careful consideration goes into developing policies that address these challenges, the exchanges will be able to accomplish what they are intended to do: expand access to affordable health insurance coverage, improve the quality of coverage, and reduce costs. These are outcomes that will benefit the health system overall.”