Healthcare organizations have allocated significant energy and investment to prepare for Tuesday's historic launch of the health insurance exchanges -- and now they face a slew of anxiety-laden questions concerning the practicalities of HIXs.
The Department of Health and Human Services is putting into action its contingency plan and the number of employees ONC will retain does not even constitute a skeleton crew. CDC, CMS and NIH are also operating at reduced capacities.
As things appear today, come January, 2014 when HIXs and Medicaid programs must be operational, very few states will be rolling out a truly "no wrong door" offering that includes SNAP and TANF -- making now the time to take action.
When shopping for health insurance in the imminent exchanges, the experience should be as easy as the one at an online retailer like Amazon, but also respectful of the implications of the decisions being made on the health and financial stability of consumers.
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