Report: Health insurance exchanges likely to fail

Hoping to square some key differences in the House and Senate reform bills, a business-friendly non-profit organization has come out against health insurance exchanges, at least as they're currently defined in reform legislation.

The Committee for Economic Development, a group of 200 business leaders and university presidents, is actually in favor of health insurance marketplaces, which they say are important for managing costs and increasing access to care. They also say that the exchanges, if improved and expanded, are the best way to force health plans to compete.

Without some further rules to limit funny business, however, the exchanges are likely to fail, the group suggests. Their study recommends that the Senate pick up language from the House bill, which bans "improper steering" of high-risk patients into exchanges, and also adopt rules requiring providers to have networks to care for people with costly health conditions.

Find out more about the study:
- read this UPI piece

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