Public forum on health insurance exchange Wednesday

Have something to say about the health insurance exchange? Or just want to learn more about a key piece of federal health reform? State officials are holding a public forum on the exchange Wednesday evening in Bridgeport.

The health insurance exchange is required under the federal health reform law and will serve as a marketplace for people to buy health insurance, with a website for people to comparison shop and assistance for those who want help navigating the options.

The forum will include a presentation on the basics of the exchange, but most of the time will be devoted to public comment. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the Bridgeport City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace.

Planning the exchange, which will also have a number of reporting and regulatory responsibilities, is expected to be a multiyear process, and Jeannette DeJesús, special advisor to the governor for health care reform, said getting public input is a key part piece.

“A critical component in the design and development of an exchange is gathering information from our residents to ensure that all interests are represented in policy formation,” she said. “We are dedicated to a comprehensive, meaningful and transparent process and are listening carefully to all thoughts for exchange goals, policy, and administrative functions.”