Representing Consumers in Health Insurance Exchanges
Governor Beshear announced his appointees to the state's Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board. Included on the new 19 member Board is AARP Kentucky's Tihisha Rawlins, representing consumers.
The Board will review programmatic and policy issues, and make recommendations for Kentucky’s new marketplace for health insurance mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The health benefit exchange will facilitate the purchase and sale of health plans in the individual market; assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans; provide one-stop shopping by helping individuals enroll in health plans Medicaid and KCHIP; enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies; and qualify small businesses for tax credits.
According to the Governor's news release, "We are excited that Governor Beshear has appointed a knowledgeable advisory board comprised of members with a broad range of health care expertise,” said Carrie Banahan, executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.
“We look forward to working with the board and will soon schedule our first meeting to update them on our progress and seek their input as we proceed with our plans for a state-based exchange."
Tihisha's appointment is significant as she will be in a position to continue advocating for all consumers' and especially for the needs of those age 50+.
See more on the Governor's Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board announcement, here: http://migration.kentucky.gov/newsroom/governor/20120918healthboard.htm