Governors Raise Concerns About Insurance Exchanges
In a letter to HHS, governors say they need more support in establishing marketplaces.
Reuters: Insurance Exchanges Could Harm US States' Autonomy
Some of the federal healthcare law's requirements related to insurance exchanges threaten the autonomy of U.S. states, which need more support in establishing the marketplaces, state governors said in a letter released on Thursday. "The decision to implement health insurance exchanges requires a number of complex policy decisions amid aggressive timelines," wrote the National Governors Association in a letter to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius dated Nov. 2 (11/3).
In Minnesota, the Republicans in the legislature are facing a challenge on the issue of an exchange.
Minnesota Public Radio: GOP Lawmakers Consider Position On Health Care Exchange
State Republicans are in a tough spot. On one hand, they don't want to do anything to show support for what they term "Obama-care." On the other hand, the concept of an insurance exchange is an idea they've embraced in the past. Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed one for Minnesota long before Congress passed the federal health care law. Couple all of this with a time crunch (Stawicki, 11/4).