Health Exchange Board Holds Oakland Public Meeting
Bay Area residents have a chance to sound off Thursday morning on how the Affordable Care Act will work in California. The California Health Benefit Exchange will meet in Oakland to get input on creating a user-friendly online marketplace where people can buy health coverage.
The exchange board is expected to grapple today with recommendations on the number of health plans to offer on the exchange, and how big to make provider networks, among other things. Marian Mulkey is with the California HealthCare Foundation. She says the exchange board is trying to design offerings that will entice the healthy as well as the sick, come 2014.
"If the people who participate in the exchange tend to be sicker than average," Mulkey said, "premiums will go up for everybody, and the people who are healthier will find those premiums unaffordable and will stay on the sidelines. And then you've missed one of the central goals of the Affordable Care Act."
The board is also expected to finalize a plan for how small businesses will offer coverage to their employees.