Health Partners America Announces Agreement to Launch a Private Exchange Marketplace for the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals

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Health Partners America, a company that provides training, tools, and technology solutions for insurance agents, employers, and organizations who are navigating the health reform legislation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new private insurance exchange offering for TORCH, Texas Community Healthcare Plans.

We believe the agreement with Health Partners America and the launch of TCHP is a necessary next step to assist rural Texans in finding affordable health insurance and to create a hassle free purchasing and shopping experience.

Health Partners America (http://www.healthpartnersamerica.com), a company that provides training, tools, and technology solutions for insurance agents, employers, and organizations who are navigating the health reform legislation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new private insurance exchange offering for TORCH, Texas Community Healthcare Plans. The Texas Community Healthcare Plans exchange is managed by R&D Brokers and sponsored by TORCH. TORCH is an association of 161 rural and community hospitals located throughout Texas. The private exchange enables rural Texans to purchase health insurance and other ancillary benefit products that best suit their individual needs.

The Texas Community Healthcare Plans (TCHP) Private Exchange powered by Health Partners America (HPA) helps rural Texans purchase health insurance during the open enrollment period (from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015). During the last open enrollment period, many Texans enrolling and purchasing health insurance had a frustrating experience; in several cases they enrolled in plans that were not best suited to their needs.

According to Mel Blackwell, CEO of HPA, “In Texas there was a lack of knowledge and outreach to community about health insurance, and there was not a solution in place to engage with this market. The launch of the TCHP private exchange powered by HPA gives TORCH the opportunity to identify, assist and enroll the uninsured with insurance carriers that includes TORCH member hospitals in their network.”

The TCHP exchange has trained and experienced Texas licensed agents available 7 days a week through the open enrollment period to assist with the enrollment process. TCHP is linked to the Federal Exchange to access enrollment data for tax incentives and premium subsidies available, so nothing is lost by using the private exchange.

Rural Texas employers may also access the HPA powered Texas Community Healthcare Plans Private Exchange to explore options for their employee benefits at http://tchealthplans.com/. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides employers with new plan options and alternative funding arrangements, such as defined contribution plans which enable employers to better budget for employee healthcare and other benefits. also, the ACA provides employees with the ability to purchase plans that best suit their individual of family needs.

David Pearson, President and CEO of TORCH, states “We believe the agreement with Health Partners America and the launch of TCHP is a necessary next step to assist rural Texans in finding affordable health insurance and to create a hassle free purchasing and shopping experience. Our mission is to be the voice and principal advocate for rural and community hospitals in Texas, and to provide leadership in addressing the special needs of these hospitals. TCHP exchange is a next step in meeting our mission objective.”

Forty-one forward thinking hospitals with the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals have already begun adopting the private exchange solution to their benefits challenges. These early adopters are already finding it to be the perfect solution.

About Health Partners America

Since 2007, Health Partners America has been providing game-changing training and solutions to agents and brokers nationwide. HPA is a technology and consulting company that works with and through brokers in order to engage with the marketplace through healthcare reform. HPA Partners with agents and brokers nationally to bring them technology solutions, private exchange sites, marketing tools, training, and leverage to help them be more successful.

About TORCH

TORCH is the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. They are an association of 161 rural and community hospitals located across the state of Texas from the panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley from Far West Texas to the Louisiana border. Their member hospitals cover 177 of 254 Texas Counties, serving 3.8 million Rural Texans with an uninsured population of over 880,000. These member hospitals have 8,286 beds served by 26,544 employees, with 209,724 admissions and 6,345,732 Outpatient Visits annually. TORCH was founded in 1990 and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2015.

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If you’d like more information about this topic or about HPA, please contact Katie Burns at media(at)healthpartnersamerica(dot)com or visit http://www.healthpartnersamerica.com.

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