Three representatives from private health insurance exchanges, speaking Thursday as part of a Midwest Business Group on Health education program, asserted that exchanges are hitting the ground running, and the model is well-equipped to help employers meet the health needs employees.

“We went live [Jan. 1] with three employers … representing approximately 100,000 employees and 200,000 lives,” Abigail Neary, senior vice president at Aon Hewitt, said during the MBGH forum dedicated to private exchanges. Employees, she says, are choosing their health coverage much as they’ve always done: “based on whether their doctor is in-network, if their prescriptions are covered, have they had a good experience.”

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