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Four Insurance Providers to Participate in Health Exchange

Four insurance providers indicated Tuesday intent to provide coverage when health care exchanges begin in January.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Four insurance providers indicated Tuesday intent to provide coverage when health care exchanges begin in January.

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the companies expressing interest are Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Blue Cross Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Company/NovaSys Health and Qual Choice of Arkansas.

The exchange is created by the passage of the Affordable Care Act by Congress in 2010.  The requirement of at least two providers for Arkansas consumers came about as part of the "private option" legislation passed by the general assembly in April.

Bradford says he would like to see more than four providers in the future and told KARK he believes that will happen.

"Insurance companies are not, sometimes, very innovative," Bradford says.  "Sometimes they are going to wait at the border and see how it goes and then step up later."

Consumers will begin signing up for coverage October 1.

The coverage will be available to the estimated 500,000 Arkansans currently lacking health coverage.
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