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Leavitt Says Exchanges Are Here To Stay

As efforts to implement the health law move forward, Politico Pro talks to Michael Leavitt about state exchanges, and KHN examines the administration's strategy for prevention funding.

Politico Pro: Leavitt: I'm For Exchanges, Not The ACA
Business is booming these days for former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, whose company, Leavitt Partners, has been advising states on how to best prepare their health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's health care law. ... "Exchanges are going to be part of the future no matter what," Leavitt told POLITICO as he was on his way to the "policy roundtable" fundraiser for Romney. "The Affordable Care Act didn't invent the exchange — we've been trying since the '70s to get the small and individual group markets to buy insurance like a larger group. That has always been the problem, and the exchange will always be the solution" (Nocera, 2/9).

Kaiser Health News: Will We Get The Biggest Bang From Health Law's Prevention Grants?
Backers of the health law's provision of $15 billion for prevention efforts believe it has the potential to improve health and reduce costs. But some question the administration’s decision to sprinkle money for community programs among dozens of groups testing different approaches, rather than channeling it to proven programs (Carey, 2/10).

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