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Norfolk company awarded health-care reform contract

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Norfolk-based A. Reddix & Associates (ARDX) has been awarded a contract to provide technical assistance to “stakeholders” involved in the creation of health insurance exchanges under the federal health-care reform law.

The online exchanges are intended to create a marketplace for consumers and small businesses to compare and purchase health insurance. Exchanges will be created by each state or by the federal government if a state fails to develop an exchange program.

The contract with the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) involves ARDX working with a variety of organizations and individuals that will take part in the implementation of the health insurance exchanges, including insurance issuers, agents, brokers, pharmacy benefit managers, third-party administrators, state reinsurance vendors and many others.

Facing tight deadlines for the implementation of the exchanges, CMS wants to ensure stakeholders have the training and information they need to understand, plan and comply with the law’s requirements.

The technical assistance program, which will run through September 2014, includes in-person and virtual training, meetings, exercises, documentation, manuals and other materials.

Founded in 2006, ARDX specializes in health-care management consulting services with expertise in Medicare and Medicare,

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