Session 1: Implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange

The primary way that New Jerseyans will purchase coverage is through a federal health insurance marketplace or exchange, a website required by the ACA. What’s not clear, however, is how residents will learn about the marketplace — and about such crucial details as how to enroll for coverage, how to choose a benefits package, and what penalties apply if they decide not to buy coverage. This panel will address those issues, including how outreach will be funded and how the multiple layers of federal and state regulations will interact.

Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer, NJ Spotlight

Panelists: State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex and Passaic), primary sponsor of resolution establishing legislative task force implementing NJ’s health insurance exchange; Dr. JaimeTorres, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Katherine Grant-Davis, President, New Jersey Primary Care Association; Neil Eicher, Deputy Director of Government Relations and Policy, New Jersey Hospital Association; Larry Altman, Vice President of the Office of Health Care Reform, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Christine Stearns, Vice President Health and Legal Affairs, New Jersey Business & Industry Association