Legislation introduced for RI health insurance exchange

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is taking the first step in implementing a major portion of the federal health care overhaul.

New legislation introduced in the Senate would create a quasi-public agency to design Rhode Island's so called health insurance exchange- a place where residents can shop for health insurance that meets their needs and price range.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the exchange is similar to websites like Orbitz that let you compare airline prices.

"But this group is not only going to make sure that it's easy to use like Orbitz," she says, "but it's going to make sure that everything sold on it meets the standards that it needs to meet to really be good health insurance for Rhode Islanders."

The 11 member board charged with designing and eventually running the exchange would include government officials as well as members of the public.

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