Mar­i­lyn Taven­ner, CMS ad­min­is­tra­tor

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE -

MH: You have one of the most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges in health­care to­day—rolling out the ex­changes that are go­ing to open Oct. 1 for open en­roll­ment. What are the big­gest chal­lenges you face right now on that front?

Taven­ner: I would say right now the chal­lenges are two-fold. We are on a tight im­ple­men­ta­tion sched­ule, but it’s go­ing well, so we have to com­plete the im­ple­men­ta­tion sched­ule to turn on the switch, if you will, on Oct. 1. The sec­ond chal­lenge, and it will be an on­go­ing chal­lenge, is ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about who the ex­changes ac­tu­ally ap­ply to and the im­por­tance of health in­sur­ance and the as­sis­tance that’s avail­able to them through the ex­changes or through Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion. So we have a lot of ed­u­ca­tion ahead.

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