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What do you want to know about health insurance exchanges under the new healthcare law?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 27, 2012 8:40 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, August 28:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 withstood a Constitutional challenge earlier this year.  Unless a new Congress votes to overturn the entire healthcare law or portions of it, the law will be implemented in its entirety by 2014.

The Affordable Care Act or ACA was designed in part to reduce the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance.  The ACA requires everyone to have health insurance or face penalties. 

Under the law, states are supposed to set up health insurance exchanges where individuals or businesses with up to 100 employees can purchase insurance.  If a state doesn’t establish an exchange, the federal government will.

States have until November to plan for the exchanges.  Pennsylvania does not have exchanges in place as of yet.

The discussion on Tuesday’s Radio Smart Talk will center on the questions surrounding the exchanges from the insurance underwriters’ perspective.

What questions do you have about health insurance exchanges or purchasing insurance relating to the Affordable Care Act?   

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