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Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Feb;31(2):284-9. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.1006.

Health insurance exchanges of past and present offer examples of features that could attract small-business customers.

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  • Small Business Majority, Washington, DC, USA. tgardiner@smallbusinessmajority.org


The Affordable Care Act calls on states to create health insurance exchanges serving small businesses by 2014. These exchanges will allow small-business owners to pool their buying power, have more choices of health plans, and buy affordable health insurance. However, creating an exchange that appeals to small-business owners poses several challenges. Past and current exchanges provide valuable insights into the role exchanges can play, services they can offer, and design features that can make them successful. For example, states should allow insurance brokers to provide employers with advice and analysis regarding plans offered in the exchanges. Exchanges should also provide services to ease enrollment, such as a single application for all of the plans they offer, and make additional benefits, such as wellness programs, available on a stand-alone basis or within insurance plans.

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