Government To Bargain With Insurers Over Exchange Plans

The government will take a "more active role in selecting" insurance plans.

Kaiser Health News: Sebelius: Administration Is Negotiating Rates In Federal Exchanges
Hoping to get consumers the best prices, the Obama administration is negotiating with insurers looking to sell policies in online health insurance marketplaces this fall, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday (Galewitz, 6/24).

The Hill: Sebelius: HHS Negotiating With Insurers On Premiums
The federal government is taking a more active role than expected in selecting plans for ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday. ... The healthcare law sets up an insurance exchange in each state. It allows each state to choose whether it will be an "active purchaser" — negotiating with insurers and rejecting plans that don't offer a good enough deal — or simply accept all policies that meet federal standards. HHS had said it would use the latter approach in the exchanges it operates. But officials said Monday that the department is still exerting some pressure on insurers (Baker, 6/24).

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