With the passage of HB 2319 last night, Washington state becomes one of the nation's front runners in setting up a health benefits exchange - the insurance marketplace set out in the Affordable Care Act. The marketplace will gives consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when buying insurance. When rolled out in the fall of 2013, it will be an easy-to-use website, similar to Travelocity or Consumer Reports.
The passage of HB 2319 was a major priority for the National MS Society this past session and we are grateful to the MS Activists and legislators who pushed for its passage. We know many people with MS have a difficult time finding an affordable insurance plan with comprehensive benefits and we expect the process of comparing plans to be much simpler when the marketplace starts to offer plans.