States Mull Gatekeeper Role For Health Plan Exchanges

Law360, New York (January 31, 2013, 9:28 PM EST) -- States building their own insurance exchanges are weighing whether to whittle down the number of participating health plans by imposing their own requirements on top of the Affordable Care Act's minimum standards, a move the insurance industry claims would cripple competition and raise costs.

States have a choice as to how selective their exchanges will be when it comes to qualified health plans. They can allow all comers that meet the ACA's process and quality standards, and have what's known as a “clearinghouse” exchange. Or they...
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