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GBA legislative committee meets on health care insurance for small businesses

Georgetown businesses, like many across the country, are faced with difficult questions on health care and how to deal with new mandates imposed by Congress. Last week, GBA's legislative committee met with Brendan Rose, Health Care Policy Analyst for the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) regarding the District's Health Insurance Exchange. As DISB envisions it, when the exchange is complete, it will be an internet platform from which small businesses can select insurance options. The D.C. exchange is expected to go live on January 1, 2014.

The creation of the exchange is currently running on two tracks: (a) the legislative track, in which the D.C. Council is considering authorizing legislation to acquire additional federal funds to establish the exchange; and (b) the administrative track, in which the mayor's office, based on recommendations from the DISB, will formulate how the insurance options will be offered, the requirements for an insurer to be listed on the exchange, and all of the other operational components of the exchange in order to send a final exchange program to be adopted by the D.C. Council.

Mr. Rose said that he and the committee have received voluminous input and suggestions from health care providers, insurers, and consumer advocates. However, the group he has not heard from is the business community. He very much wants to hear what small businesses have to say.

The time for the business community to be heard is now. Please send those concerns via email to Kathy.Darling@Strasburger.com. Your comments will included in the GBA Board 's coordinated response.