CSG’s webinars will help policymakers think through the big issues in their state, region
LEXINGTON, Ky.—By January 2014, every state must be operating its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. But what those insurance exchanges will look like and how they will operate are still big unanswered questions that every state and region is facing.
To help legislators and policymakers begin planning for health insurance exchanges, The Council of State Governments is hosting a series of regional webinars with Joel Ario, director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Ario was Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner until 2010 and also served as Oregon’s chief insurance regulator.
“While the fate of health reform is still in flux, estimates show that over 100 million Americans will get health care through new state based exchanges,” said Chris Whatley, director of CSG’s Washington, D.C., office. “So it’s important that state leaders understand the decisions they need to make today to ensure that these exchanges will work for their citizens and small business in 2014.”
The first webinar will be for the Western region at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 (all times are EST). The Southern region webinar will be 11 a.m. Feb. 15. The Eastern webinar will be 11 a.m. Feb. 23, with the Midwest scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 28.
The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.