Connecticut Plans to Market Obamacare Success

Connecticut’s health care exchange has been so successful that it plans to market its technology and expertise by selling an “exchange in a box” to other states.

The New York Times reports that “the Obama administration has encouraged the effort, in the hope that more states will run their own exchanges in 2015 or 2016.”

“Under the arrangement envisioned by [Kevin J. Counihan, CEO of the Connecticut exchange,] a state could set policy for its exchange while buying information technology and other services from Connecticut. Services could include determinations of eligibility, assistance with enrollment and marketing, the operation of a telephone call center and the collection of premiums from small businesses.”

“When states run into problems, Mr. Counihan said, they often blame companies that supplied their information technology. But in many cases, he said, state officials are partly responsible because they did not properly manage or supervise the vendors.”

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