The mission of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority is to implement a health care exchange program in the District of Columbia in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), thereby ensuring access to quality and affordable health care to all District of Columbia residents.
Summary of Services
In March of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was signed into law with the central goal of ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. Beginning in 2014, significant health insurance reforms will be implemented including the establishment of Health Benefit Exchanges nationwide. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority is a quasi-governmental agency of the District of Columbia government charged with implementing and operating the District’s Health Benefit Exchange. The Health Benefit Exchange is an online marketplace for District residents and small businesses to compare private health insurance plans; learn if they are eligible for tax credits or subsidies to purchase private insurance or qualify for public health programs such as Medicaid; and enroll in a health plan that best meets their needs. The Health Benefit Exchange will enable individuals and small employers to find affordable and easier-to-understand health insurance and assist small employers in purchasing qualified health plans for their employees. Enrollment in the District’s Health Benefit Exchange will begin October 2013, with coverage starting January 1, 2014.