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Some States Grudgingly Developing Insurance Exchanges

09/24/12

  05:06:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Some States Grudgingly Developing Insurance Exchanges

As the November 6 elections draw closer, another important date looms right behind it – November 16, the deadline for states to submit a plan for running their own health insurance exchange. Those that fail to do so must permit the federal government to run it for them.

According to The New York Times, only 13 states and the District of Columbia have so far committed to running their own exchanges – all but one (Rhode Island) led by Democtratic governors. But with the deadline fast approaching, even Republican governors who have vocally expressed their disapproval of the Affordable Care Act are exploring their options:

“[Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s] administration is quietly designing an insurance exchange – one of the most essential and controversial requirements of the law […]

“’If we have to have one,’ said Donald Hughes, Ms. Brewer’s health care policy adviser, ‘then it would be better for Arizona to do it ourselves rather than defer to the federal government.’ He said, however, that Ms. Brewer would not make a final decision on a state-run exchange until after the election….

“Along with Arizona, at least three [states] – Mississippi, Nevada and New Mexico – have done enough planning to meet the November deadline should they decide to run their own exchanges, according to officials. Nevada has already created its exchange, appointed its board and hired its executive director. Most Republican governors, including Ms. Brewer, are waiting for the outcome of the presidential race before making a final decision; Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal the law if elected.

“But states like Arizona say they want to be prepared in case the law survives. (Even if Mr. Romney wins, repealing the law will require Congressional approval, which will be difficult if Democrats retain control of the Senate.)”

Read more at the NYT website.

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