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Webinar: Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act

What:  The Commonwealth Fund hosted a webinar on the state health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. This 60-minute webinar, cosponsored by the National Academy for State Health Policy and Women in Government, was second in a series on realizing health reform's potential. Speakers addressed the major challenges to successful implementation of the exchanges and present policy options and recommendations for federal and state officials, as well as provide an update on the status of the regulatory process and state implementation.

When: Nov. 4, 2010

Event Recording: View the archived webinar or listen to the audio.


  • Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D., Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, and author of two Commonwealth Fund reports on health insurance exchanges;
  • Michael T. McRaith, J.D., Director, Illinois Department of Insurance; and
  • Sandra Shewry, M.P.H., M.S.W., Advisor, Health Care Reform Implementation, California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Moderator: Sara R. Collins, Ph.D.,Vice President, Affordable Health Insurance, The Commonwealth Fund

Additional Resources:

Michael T. McRaith, J.D., director, Illinois Department of Insurance has shared the draft of a model act authored by the the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), titled "American Health Benefit Exchange Model Act." The purpose of this model act is to provide guidance for states in establishing insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. For more information and to learn about the NAIC's public hearing process, please visit

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