Alaskans will use federal website for health exchange
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The nation’s new health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, go on-line October first under the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. Alaska is one of 27 states that chose not to create its own exchange with the help of federal funding. Alaskan’s will be able to access state-specific plans and other information though the federal government’s marketplace website: healthcare.gov
Alaskan’s options on the exchange will reportedly include plans from Primera Blue Cross and Moda Health. However, they will still be able to shop for plans from companies that are not on the exchange as well.
To find out more, Matt Lichtenstein recently spoke with Susan Johnson, Regional Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services:
For mobile-friendly, downloadable audio, click here.
Along with visiting healthcare.gov, there’s also a 24-hour, toll-free number to access the federal marketplace. That’s 1-800-318-2596.
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