November 12, 2013
All Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Contracting ProvidersFrom:
Connie Winkley – Education/Communication Coordinator
Institutional Provider Relations
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.
An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Health Insurance Marketplaces (a.k.a. Exchanges)
Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 are in operation and provide Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas another avenue to continue as the insurer Kansans trust with their health.
As of October 1, consumers have been able to purchase health insurance at healthcare.gov. Coverage purchased on Health Insurance Marketplaces will become effective January 1, 2014. Valuable information for providers on the Exchange and the products BCBSKS is offering can be found by clicking the following link: Exchange, BlueCard and Kansas Provider Networks
A list of terms relevant to the Exchange and their definition includes the following:
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following rules regarding provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing the framework to assist states in setting up Health Insurance Marketplaces:
March 27, 2012: Final and Interim Rule: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans; Exchange Standards for Employers – Published March 27, 2012:
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August 17, 2011: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions in the Individual Market: Eligibility Determinations; Exchange Standards for Employers – Published August 17, 2011:
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):
Health and Human Services Department
If you have any questions regarding the Health Insurance Marketplaces, please contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas at (800) 318-2596.