|By Rosemary Shinohara, Anchorage Daily News|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Under the federal Affordable Care Act, each state is supposed to have an exchange, a marketplace where residents can shop for private health insurance and apply for federal subsidies to help pay for it, if they are eligible.
States can create the exchanges on their own, or do it in partnership with the federal government, or leave the whole project to the
The deadline for states to declare that they'll run their own health exchange is Friday.
In rejecting a state-run plan last July, Parnell said, "Federally mandated programs should be paid for by federal dollars."
Democratic U.S. Sen.
An estimated 118,000 Alaskans are uninsured, he said.
The exchanges will work similarly to what happens when you buy a plane ticket on
The health exchanges grew out of an earlier bill that had bi-partisan support, and was targeted at helping small businesses get better insurance by creating a larger pool, Begich said.
"It's one of the easiest things to help small businesses," he said.
Democratic state Sen.
French's bill never got to a vote in
A spokesman for U.S. Sen.
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