Connie Hauser, PT, DPT has been appointed to Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board. Nominated by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, Connie will be the voice of physical therapy on the 19-member board. The Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board will review programmatic and policy issues, and make recommendations for Kentucky’s new marketplace for health insurance mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The health benefit exchange will facilitate the purchase and sale of health plans in the individual market; assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans; provide one-stop shopping by helping individuals enroll in health plans Medicaid and KCHIP; enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies; and qualify small businesses for tax credits.
Kentucky has only through the end of this year to demonstrate its readiness to run a health insurance exchange or the responsibility will default to the federal government, according to Gov. Steve Beshear.
KPTA has also met with state officials overseeing the Health Benefit Exchange. Your association has reviewed the potential public insurance plans and made recommendations on plans which offer the most comprehensive physical therapy coverage, which would result in the most effective outcomes for consumers.