Yesterday, at noon, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) launched a webinar to highlight the release of our new Exchange 101 guide, which focused on a crucial part of the new improvements being made to our health care system, the Exchanges. The webinar, Exchange 101: What the New Health Care Exchanges Mean for Wisconsin Women, focused on educating advocates, policy makers, health care providers and women in Wisconsin on the basic structure and efficiency of these competitive health care marketplaces.
The webinar also focused on the how these marketplaces will be a tool for women and their families in accessing affordable care. For instance, women are more likely to coordinate care for themselves and their families, making the exchanges key in finding subsidized insurances plans that meet the needs for themselves and their families.
These health care marketplaces, as discussed in the webinar, are just one more step in the improvements being made to our health care system and will make the quality and affordability of health insurance easily assessable – something that has previously had more barriers than options – ultimately aiding in the advancement of health for women and girls.
We encourage everyone who was not able to participate in yesterday’s webinar to take advantage of the archived version, which will be posted to our website in the coming days. To complement the webinar the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health also released a 10 page guide which briefly explains topics, including:
- What is a Health Insurance Exchange?
- Introduction to Navigators, Essential Health Benefits, affordability, coordination with Medicaid, and governance
- Progress towards a Wisconsin specific Exchange
- A timeline
- WAWH’s Exchange Principles
WAWH is grateful to all of the participants of yesterday’s webinar. We look forward to continuing an active role in the education and advocacy around a Wisconsin Exchange that enhances the lives and health of women and girls. Please share the webinar and guide, and let WAWH know what additional resources would be most helpful.