Show: September 22, 2013:
- Why should "young invincibles" purchase health insurance?
- What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
- Can pediatricians prevent children from smoking?
- What was President Grover Cleveland’s secret?
- How can a computer program detect autism?
- Why are some medical students hypochondriacs?
- How often should women be screened for osteoporosis?
- Sex and Alzheimer’s: Where do we draw the line?
- View all topics for the week
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
Interview: Jackie Garner, consortium administrator for Medicaid and children’s health operations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) regional administrator, region V.
Formerly called the Health Insurance Exchange, the Health Insurance Marketplace is a program run by the state and federal government that connects citizens with private insurance companies. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced a partnership with public libraries across the nation that will provide consumers with information about the program and how to use it effectively. According to Jackie Garner, a consortium administrator for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, librarians are being trained on the Health Insurance Marketplace and will be able to assist consumers in navigating the system. A 24-hour Web chat is available at www.healthcare.gov, and a 24-hour call center at 800-318-2596, that consumers can use to get additional information about the marketplace system.