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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2010

Illinois Department of Insurance to Host Educational Webinars on Health Insurance Exchanges
First webinar scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010; policymakers and interested parties are invited to participate

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today the first in a series of educational webinars focused on the health insurance exchanges to be established in 2014 under the federal health care reform bill, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The first webinar, “Basics of an Exchange,” will cover: 1) the statutory requirements for an American Health Benefit Exchange; and 2) an overview of the outstanding issues to be considered by State policymakers (e.g., governance options for the Exchange). Future webinars will explore such policy questions in more detail.

TOPIC:  Basics of an Exchange
DATE:  Tuesday, December 14, 2010
TIME:   2:00PM CST
WEB ADDRESS: insurance.illinois.gov/webinars

The presentation is scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes, with an opportunity for questions and answers. Questions may be submitted at any point during the webinar by sending an email to DOI.Webinars@illinois.gov. For details about the technical requirements necessary to participate in the webinar, please visit insurance.illinois.gov/webinars in advance.

For those unable to participate, the written presentation and an audio recording of the presentation will be available on both the Department of Insurance website (insurance.illinois.gov), and the Governor’s Health Reform Implementation website (healthcarereform.illinois.gov).

More Information
The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace. The Department assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto, life, and homeowner. Consumers in need of information or assistance should visit the Department’s Web site at www.illinois.insurance.gov or call our toll-free hotline at (877) 527-9431.



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