Steve Beshear appoints members to health exchange board

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The Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, KY. — Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday announced appointments to a 19-member advisory board that will provide recommendations for the new statewide health insurance exchange required under federal health reforms.

The exchange, scheduled to begin operation in 2014, will create an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to shop for health insurance and compare coverage and costs among competing plans. It will also help individuals and employers enroll in plans and qualify for tax credits.

“We need the insight and experience of a variety of Kentuckians to ensure that the exchange not only meets the requirements of the law, but also meets the needs of Kentuckians who will be looking for affordable health insurance,” Beshear said in a statement.

States are required to establish health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and must demonstrate readiness to run them by the end of the year. Otherwise, the responsibility falls to the federal government.

According to Beshear’s office, the appointees have experience in health benefits, finance and policy, along with public health and the uninsured. The board will review program and policy issues, his office said.