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What is a health insurance marketplace?

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A health insurance marketplace, also known as an exchange, is where you can shop for and compare insurance plans in your state. You can do it online, through an insurance broker, or by phone. Your state's marketplace has tools to help you compare your choices and pick the plan you need.

In a state marketplace, health plans are grouped by levels of coverage -- how much they will pay toward the cost of your health care and what services are covered.

SOURCES:

Health Insurance 101: "What is a health insurance exchange?" and "What does it mean to standardize health insurance plans, and how does it help consumers?"

Kaiser Family Foundation: "Private Insurance Benefits and Cost-Sharing Under the ACA."

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIO): "Essential Health Benefits Standards: Ensuring Quality, Affordable Coverage;" "Essential Benefits Bulletin;" "Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Health Insurance Exchanges."

HealthCare.gov.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HealthConnector: "Health Insurance for Massachusetts Residents."

Kaiser Health News: "A Guide to Health Insurance Exchanges."

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIO).

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 30, 2017

SOURCES:

Health Insurance 101: "What is a health insurance exchange?" and "What does it mean to standardize health insurance plans, and how does it help consumers?"

Kaiser Family Foundation: "Private Insurance Benefits and Cost-Sharing Under the ACA."

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIO): "Essential Health Benefits Standards: Ensuring Quality, Affordable Coverage;" "Essential Benefits Bulletin;" "Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Health Insurance Exchanges."

HealthCare.gov.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HealthConnector: "Health Insurance for Massachusetts Residents."

Kaiser Health News: "A Guide to Health Insurance Exchanges."

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIO).

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 30, 2017

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