While many states have yet to publicly decide between a health exchange run internally or by the federal government, Minnesota begins visualizing what its system will look like.
Next year, one-fifth of Minnesotans, about 1.2 million people, will sit at a computer, or speak with someone using a computer, to select their health insurance coverage, according to Detroit Lakes.
The newspaper likens the process to purchasing airline tickets on Travelocity or searching for a gift on Amazon. Planners anticipate the system to be very user-friendly and provide citizens with more choices than are currently at their disposition.
“It really should be a process that takes less than an hour to go through, April Todd-Malmlov, executive director for the state’s exchange, told Detroit Lakes.
While Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky and some other states are building the exchanges based on residents’ needs, governors in states including Wisconsin, Missouri and Louisiana are leaving the work up to the Obama administration.
The online benefits exchange will ask users what kind of coverage they value most, whether they have deductibles and whether premium costs are applicable. Each answer will narrow a user’s options, who after providing all his or her information will be given a selection of policies to compare.