Health Benefits Public Meeting Sept. 24

9/24/2012, 5:23 p.m.

Discussion to Include Essential Health Benefits Plan and Exchange Certification

Members of Executive Board of the Health Benefit Exchange Authority will hold its regularly scheduled meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 24 at the D.C. Department of Health, 899 North Capitol St., in Northeast.

The agenda includes discussion of the Essential Health Benefits Plan followed by public comments, Exchange Certification and reports from the Board Working Committees: Health Benefits Exchange, Insurance, Business Operations, Marketing and Consumer Outreach and IT Infrastructure and Eligibility. The Executive Board meeting, chaired by Dr. Mohammed Akhter, is open to the general public.

The Exchange is the central mechanisms created by the health reform bill to help individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance coverage. Beginning in 2014, an Exchange will be established to help consumers make valid comparisons between certified plans that have met benchmarks for quality and affordability.

The Exchange will also administer the new health insurance subsidies and facilitate enrollment in private health insurance, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).