State Health Care Marketplaces: Who Will Buy And Why

State Health Care Marketplaces: Who Will Buy And Why

In three weeks, uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage through state health care exchanges. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss who will buy and why.

Three weeks from today, Americans without employer-sponsored health insurance will be able to buy insurance through state marketplaces. The idea for these exchanges, a key component of the Affordable Care Act, was to provide a way for uninsured people to obtain coverage and to enhance affordability for low income buyers through federal subsidies. Polls suggest there are many questions about how these exchanges will operate, and how the affordable care act will affect, if at all, employer-sponsored health benefit plans. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss the state health insurance marketplaces and shifts in the overall health insurance market.

Guests

Julie Appleby

senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News.

Susan Dentzer

senior policy adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and on-air analyst on health issues, PBS NewsHour.

Ceci Connolly

managing director and leader of PwC's Health Research Institute; co-author of "Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All."

Tim McKinney

president and CEO, United Way, Tarrant County, Texas

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