A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the need for comprehensive assistance programs to help consumers to select appropriate health insurance when mandated coverage begins in 2014.

Coverage options will come from expanded Medicaid eligibility in many states and subsidized private coverage through state health insurance exchanges that are supposed to be operational by October 2013. “The job of consumer assistance will not be limited to a single task,” the report asserts. “Rather, as consumers seek to get and keep health coverage, they may face a series of challenges that assisters will need to address.”

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