Sarah Thomas Delivers Advice to States Initiating Health Insurance Exchange Programs

Sarah Thomas, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, NCQA, says there are three options for states looking to initiate health insurance exchanges (HIX): federally facilitated, state sponsored, and partnership models.

Sarah Thomas, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, NCQA, says there are three options for states looking to initiate health insurance exchanges (HIX): federally facilitated, state sponsored, and partnership models. The partnership model is run with the aide of the federal government; therefore, for a state not ready to fully run its own exchange, the model is ideal.

Thomas also discusses ways HIX can improve access to care and cost through competition.

This video interview was performed on June 20, 2012, at the America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT.