Some of the new health insurance exchanges are moving ahead with efforts to set up distribution teams.
Nevada's exchange, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, says it has received about 20 applications from individuals and organizations that want to serve as navigators, enrollment assisters or certified application counselors and expects to present the final selection results May 9, at a board meeting.
The federal exchange managers are hoping to have a producer registration Web portal running in July and to start getting agents and brokers certified to sell federal exchange coverage in August. The federal exchange managers also have posted an application that would-be federal exchange navigators can use to seek a share of $54 million in navigator grant funding. The applications are due June 7.
The state and federal exchange builders are implementing provisions in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) that call for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with the states to set up exchanges, or Web-based health insurance supermarkets, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Oct. 1.