|By Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.|
Lawmakers face big decisions and pressing deadlines. Gov.
Nearly 1 million Alabamians are enrolled in
After 2017, states would pay a growing share of the expansion, though the federal government would still bear most of the costs. By 2020, states would have to pay about 10 percent of the expansion.
If the state opted out of the expansion, those individuals might be able to obtain insurance through a health insurance exchange, a place where customers can price private insurance plans and apply for subsidies. But
"To cover an individual in
Wren said after the meeting those new costs would likely be borne by small businesses, and said
The state also faces a
"We don't really have much information on how the federal exchanges are going to work, and how that cooperative agreement will work," she said.
The state may be able to give HHS a statement of its intent, Wren said. Wilson also told committee members there was a process for transitioning from a federally-run exchange to one run by the state, if the state allowed the federal government to run its exchange.
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