Ready, Set …? - 05/13/2016
The federal government says it will be ready to launch a health insurance exchange in Texas come Oct 1. That's the date individuals can begin buying and enrolling in plans offered through an online marketplace exclusively for health coverage. Because Gov. Rick Perry chose not to authorize a state-based marketplace, Texas defaulted to a federally run program. Although state insurance regulators will play a part, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services already took the reins in getting it off the ground. A number of unknowns still linger, however, particularly for physicians who may hear from health plans eager to build networks for insurance products they wish to sell in the exchange.