On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This law is designed to insure access to affordable health insurance for all Americans. Individuals who do not have access to insurance through their employers can purchase health insurance through "exchanges". States are required to have an exchange in place and operational by January 1, 2014. Plans for the exchange detailing how the state will meet Federal regulations in operating the exchange must be submitted for approval by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Failure to create an exchange, or show sufficient progress in creating such an exchange, by January 1, 2013, will result in the implementation and operation of an exchange in the state by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Indiana has taken the first step toward implementing the new law. Governor Mitch Daniels has signed an executive order in January 2011 to "conditionally establish and operate a state-based healthcare benefit exchange." This order established the Indiana Insurance Market, Inc, a non-profit corporation. The Indiana Family and Social Services Agency (FSSA) will work with the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) and other agencies to establish and operate the Exchange. Indiana has asked for input from various key stakeholders in the State, including healthcare providers, insurers, business leaders, and consumer groups to identify the features considered most important to Hoosiers for inclusion in the Exchange.
Indiana Health Insurance Exchange Symposium Video Presentation:
Indiana Health Insurance Exchange Symposium Executive Summary
Indiana Health Insurance Exchange Symposium Overview
The Development of Health Insurance Exchanges: What Have Indiana and Other States Accomplished So Far?
US Health Insurance Exchanges: The Basics
The State of Health Insurance Exchange Coverage in Indiana 2009
Proposal for a "Hoosier Health Insurance Exchange"