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Jay Himmelstein quoted in health insurance exchange article

January 13, 2012
Jay Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Commonwealth Medicine’s Jay Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H., is quoted in an article in POLITICO Pro that looks at states that received Early Innovator grant funds from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services through the Center for Innovation. These funds were earmarked to help states build the systems to support exchanges, with the goal that the states would then share information, and in some cases the exchange platforms, with surrounding states.

A New England consortium, led by Massachusetts, received an Early Innovator Grant, which is being used to build the New England States Collaborative for Insurance Exchange Systems (NESCIES). This consortium includes UMass Medical School, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Connector Authority, and the New England States Consortium Systems Organization.  Dr. Himmelstein is the NESCIES Principal Investigator.

In the article, "Early Innovator states move ahead on exhange IT," Dr. Himmelstein says that he believes that the consortium will deliver the fully functioning exchange on time, but the challenge will be whether the systems will be built in time to integrate fully with systems in other states. He also states that the early innovator states have developed a good working relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversee the grants and are involved in building a federal exchange.

Read the full article on the POLITICO Pro website; a subscription is needed.