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CMS outlines the PPACA exchange record system

CMS Acting Director Marilyn Tavenner (Photo courtesy of HHS)
CMS Acting Director Marilyn Tavenner (Photo courtesy of HHS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will have to create a big new system of records to support the new health insurance exchanges (HIX).

CMS is giving a little bit of information about how the new record system -- the HIX program -- will work in a notice to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

The exchanges also will share  "personally identifiable information" (PII) with the health insurers that sell coverage through the exchanges; "Navigators," or official PPACA exchange ombudsmen; "marketplace assisters," or exchange employees who help consumers use the exchange; and insurance agents and brokers.

States with their own exchanges will be responsible for handling some types of exchange data, and the CMS-run "federal facilitated exchanges" will handle other types of data, officials said.

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