Health exchanges: Today is states' decision day

Published on February 16, 2013 at 6:25 AM · No Comments

The Associated Press/Washington Post: McDonnell To Feds: Virginia Will Use Federal Health Exchange But Retain Oversight On Providers
Gov. Bob McDonnell told the Obama administration Thursday that while Virginia will use a federally run health insurance exchange, the state intends to retain regulatory authority over insurance providers that do business with Virginians through the exchange. McDonnell's Feb. 14 letter to Gary Cohen of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirms his December position not to commit Virginia to establishing its own exchange that would be financed and operated by the state (2/14).

The Associated Press: Ohio To Let Feds Run Health Exchange
Ohio officials on Thursday confirmed the state's intentions not to run its own health insurance exchange but, instead, have the federal government operate the new online marketplace under President Barack Obama's health care law. A letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration reiterates what Republican Gov. John Kasich told federal officials in November -; that Ohio will keep its authority to regulate health plans in and out of the exchange, but leave running it to the federal government (Sanner, 2/15).

The Associated Press: Lawmakers Mull $31M For Health Care Exchange
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration told lawmakers Wednesday it needs their approval within weeks to spend a $31 million federal grant to help build a consumer-friendly health insurance marketplace under the contentious federal health care overhaul, or else the state will be stuck with a bill (Eggert, 2/14).

Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Medicaid Expansion A 'No Brainer': Hike In GDP And New Jobs By 2015
Expanding Medicaid to an estimated 275,000 additional people will cost Colorado less than the price of not adding them. That's the bold prediction from a new study of Medicaid expansion commissioned by the Colorado Health Foundation, which supports expansion, and conducted by seasoned legislative budget analyst Charlie Brown and a team of economists (Kerwin McCrimmon, 2/14).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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