Posted: 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ABOUT THE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE
What it is: Created by the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance exchange is an online marketplace where consumers will be able to compare health plans offered by private insurance companies, figure out whether they’re eligible for government health programs and determine whether they qualify for federal financial help to buy coverage.
Who it’s for: For the most part, the exchange will serve people who don’t get affordable coverage through their jobs, such as the unemployed, self-employed and students. Nearly 900,000 Georgians are expected to shop on the exchange.
Participating insurers: Seven insurance companies have submitted dozens of health plans to sell on the exchange. They are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Peach State, Aetna, Kaiser, Coventry, Alliant and Humana.
When it opens: Consumers will be able to start buying health plans on the exchange on Oct. 1 with coverage taking effect Jan. 1.
How to learn more: Georgia’s exchange isn’t open yet, but consumers can start learning about their options by visiting HealthCare.gov or calling a customer service representative at 800-318-2596.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is covering every development as the Affordable Care Act rolls out in Georgia, with news reports like this one and longer-view articles that analyze the law’s impact on the people of our state. We will continue to offer most comprehensive and reliable coverage in Georgia as important deadlines approach, such as the opening of the insurance exchange on Oct. 1.