Exclusive Interview: Joel Ario Provides In-Depth Perspectives on the Hurdles and Opportunities Exchanges Will Create for Health Plans

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In an exclusive interview with Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, the former director of HHS's office of Health Insurance Exchanges offers his perspective on the hurdles and opportunities exchanges will create for health plans and states, as well as his thoughts on how state-based exchanges will alter the health insurance landscape.

“Health care, like other consumer products, can be boiled down and made consumer friendly and we can create competition like we do in other complicated products.” -- Joel Ario

The February issue of Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, a new newsletter from AIS, includes the first in-depth interview with Joel Ario, who recently left his post as director of HHS’s Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, a department that he headed after it was created in fall 2010.

In the exclusive interview, Ario offers his perspective on the hurdles and opportunities exchanges will create for health plans and states, as well as his thoughts on how a system of state-based exchanges will alter the health insurance landscape.

“Health care, like other consumer products, can be boiled down and made consumer friendly and we can create competition like we do in other complicated products,” Ario tells Inside Health Insurance Exchanges. He also provides his thoughts on the progress states have made in developing exchanges, what insurers will to do to effectively compete in them, and whether public and private exchanges can co-exist.

Go to http://aishealth.com/marketplace/inside-health-insurance-exchanges to read the interview in its entirety.

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on the details of state and private health insurance exchanges, for business planners with health plans, hospitals and health systems, medical groups, ancillary providers, suppliers, pharma companies and state health policy makers. This 12-page monthly newsletter answers questions about this cornerstone of the health reform law — who will participate, what product designs will look like, the effect on enrollment, and more. Subscribers receive reliable intelligence on how to make the most of the enormous transformation in health insurance that is about to unfold … and succeed in the insurance marketplace of tomorrow.

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges is written by an experienced team of health business reporters – led by Managing Editor Steve Davis and Executive Editor Jill Brown – with extensive knowledge and contacts throughout the health insurance industry. AIS has been the industry’s #1 health care business publisher for 25 years, with Health Plan Week, AIS’s Health Reform Week and Medicare Advantage News among its dozens of highly regarded titles for health business leaders.

For more information on Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, including the February Issue and subscription information, visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/inside-health-insurance-exchanges.

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