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Most States Opt Out Of Health Exchanges

17 Dec 2012

Most States Opt Out Of Health Exchanges

With 17 states and Washington, D.C., pursuing their own health exchanges and only six states undecided, at least 27 states will forego creating independent exchanges in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press reported. Of those states, 19 will leave exchanges entirely up to the federal government and eight will pursue partnerships with the federal government. Republican governors have blamed the Health and Human Services Department for failing to provide enough details about the requirements for state-level exchanges. Because the law’s drafters did not anticipate so many states would rely on the federal exchange, its implementation could be delayed, AP reported. ISN’T IT IRONIC “‘All this is full of irony,” said consultant Jon Kingsdale, who founded the Massachusetts exchange for Romney. “If you had asked many of those (Republican) governors four years ago before this got politicized, it would have been a no-brainer: “We want the states to do it.”

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