This week marked the historic launch of the health insurance marketplaces (also known as “public insurance exchanges”). The Healthcare Trends Institute, an educational platform for employers, consumers and other healthcare benefits stakeholders, has developed two tools for understanding public exchanges: ReformWatch interactive map, and an infographic titled The State of the Exchanges.

The ReformWatch interactive map tracks public exchanges on a state-by-state basis as they launch. Employers and consumers can select their state and view detailed information regarding its exchange, including the type of exchange funding (federal, state, or a partnership), where they can register for enrollment, and links to other helpful information.

The Institute’s The State of Exchanges commemorates the first day of open enrollment for all public exchanges. The infographic provides details of how the exchanges work, who is using them, and what they mean for both consumers and the health sector in the future.

The launch of these public health exchanges, as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, marks a milestone within the U.S. healthcare benefits industry,” said Tiffany Wirth, Executive Director, Healthcare Trends Institute. “With so much information swirling about, we felt it was important to create simple tools to help employers and consumers better understand the exchanges so they can effectively participate in them.”

About the Healthcare Trends institute

The Healthcare Trends Institute is a new educational platform to help employers, third-party administrators, health plans, brokers, banks, payroll providers, consumers, and other stakeholders keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare benefits industry. It covers a range of topics related to the administration and management of healthcare benefits, including defined contribution, health exchanges, insurance, legislation, and more.

Healthcare Trends Institute programming includes an educational web series, an annual awards program, enewsletters, training programs, a resource library, a real-time health exchange infographic, and more. To ensure all content and programs achieve the highest level of quality and relevancy, the Institute is guided by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising subject-matter experts that represent diverse aspects and perspectives within the healthcare benefits industry. The Institute is sponsored by Evolution1, the nation’s largest electronic payment, on-premise, and cloud computing consumer-driven healthcare solution. More information is available at www.HealthcareTrendsInstitute.org.

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