The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on April 11 will hold a hearing to assess the progress at state and federal levels in creating health insurance exchanges and review reform-mandated consumer protections effective in January 2014.

The protections, which are changes in insurance rating rules, include prohibiting denial of insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and limits to premium rates based on health status, gender or age.

Witnesses expected to testify at the hearing include Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at CMS; Kevin Counihan, CEO at the Connecticut Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange); Sabrina Corlette, project director at Georgetown Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reform; and Chris Carlson, principal and consulting actuary at Oliver Wyman Consulting in Milwaukee.

More information is available here, with text of written testimony available soon before or after the hearing.

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