FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011
AARP Announces New Report to Help States Build More Consumer-Friendly Web Exchanges
Association also pleased that HHS is moving forward with state insurance exchange guidance
WASHINGTON—AARP announced today the release of a new report that will help states build more consumer-friend health insurance website exchanges.
The AARP report, “State Health Insurance Exchange Websites: A Review, Discussion and Recommendations for Providing Consumers Information about Quality and Performance,” evaluates the content of public reports on health plan quality and performance in addition to identifying the types of information health plans currently report. The study also examines online consumer-oriented health plan report cards available in the states and nationwide. These report cards bring various types of quality, patient experience of care and other organizational information into one consumer-oriented report available through the Internet.
“As more states move forward in creating health insurance exchanges, a key element of their success will be the extent to which they develop their IT infrastructure so that consumers find the purchase experience to be informative and easy,” said David Certner, AARP Legislative Policy Director. “Our end goal is empowering people to make clear and informed health care decisions for themselves and their families, and we think this report will help meet that goal.”
The AARP report follows the release earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of proposed rules to help states build health insurance exchanges.
“We’re also pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has put forward new rules for State Insurance Exchanges for comment,” added Certner. “These new guidelines are needed to provide states with the necessary flexibility to develop a new, competitive health insurance marketplace, and to give consumers quality choices and better protections when they buy insurance.”
“We remain committed to providing feedback to ensure that states have the flexibility they need to design exchanges that best fit the needs of their consumers and look forward to commenting on the proposed guidelines.”
To view a copy of the report, please visit http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/health/medicare_insurance/2011-07/2011-cronin-report-final.pdf.
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