Healthcare Exchanges

2:39pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Utah And 6 Other States Get Feds' OK To Run Insurance Exchanges

Utah got the go-ahead to run its own insurance exchange, but the federal blessing may not last.
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In a surprise, the Obama administration said Thursday that it has given Utah a conditional OK to run its own health insurance marketplace.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has resisted making major changes to the state's existing marketplace, which was built before passage of the federal health law and is geared to small business.

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1:59pm

Fri December 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Most States Punt Health Exchanges To The Feds

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 2:48 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to reporters after announcing in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday that that he had decided against creating a state-run health insurance exchange. The Republican governor said he will leave it to the federal government to run the marketplace.
Erik Schelzig ASSOCIATED PRESS

Few people expected that the Obama administration would be running health exchanges in more than 30 states when the federal health law was signed two years ago.

But with the deadline for states to decide just hours away, only 18 states and the District of Columbia have proposed operating their own insurance marketplaces. The exchanges are a key tool under the law to expand health coverage to an estimated 23 million people over the next four years.

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8:18am

Mon November 26, 2012
Health

Have Some Questions About The Colorado Health Exchange? Here Are Some Answers

Colorado’s health insurance exchange is designed to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy policies that cover all important health care needs, including lab tests, shown here at St. Anthony Hospital North’s new Emergency pavilion
Stephen Swofford Colorado Public News

3:38pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Shots - Health News

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Is Extended

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:45 pm

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Thursday that his state will choose the federal health insurance exchange program.
Nati Harnik AP

There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Friday was originally the day that states were supposed to not only tell the federal government whether they planned to run their own health exchanges but also how they planned to do it.

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1:15pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Shots - Health News

Computer Issues May Complicate Launch Of Health Insurance Exchanges

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:34 pm

Problems with a computer system could delay work on health insurance exchanges.
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Online insurance markets set to begin selling health coverage to consumers next October may be hampered by software delays.

State regulators learned late last week that an electronic system most insurers will use to submit their policies for state and federal approvals won't be ready for testing next month, as originally planned. The lag is being blamed on the wait for several regulations from the Obama administration that are needed to update the software.

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