Washington Post reported this week that in the face of hesitation and outright resistance from governors
and legislatures, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is "working
on a new partnership model to let state agencies help run the exchange —
perhaps without the need for legislative authorization."
says just 11 states have "embraced" the exchange idea, which is
a core component of Obamacare. Under the law, if a state does not create a state
exchange that complies with an extensive
array of federal regulations, then the federal government will create its
own exchange in the state. Health care experts critical of Obamacare say there will be little or no difference between state-created exchanges compared to a federal one, except that state-level taxpayers will have to pay the costs of the former.
Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder has not yet decided whether to create a state
Obamacare exchange, according to a state Department of Community Health
spokesperson. The department has already performed the groundwork to create
one, however, after accepting a $1
million Obamacare grant for the purpose. It convened a series of "work
groups" comprised of individuals representing various special interests.
Among other things, the process resulted in draft legislation that
would authorize a state exchange.
also: Michigan Creeps Closer to Obamacare 'Exchange'
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