Utah Gov asks Obama to accept state’s exchange
|By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press|
Herbert sent the letter Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for states to decide if they'll do their own exchange.
The governor says that
Exchanges are online health insurance marketplaces pioneered in
"I am confident that if you make this change, several other states will join
Herbert says he needs answers to make a decision by Friday.
There was no immediate response from the
Under Obama's health care law, every state will have an exchange starting
Low-income people can find out if they will qualify for coverage through
Under the law, virtually every American must have health insurance starting in 2014. At the same time, insurers will be forbidden from turning down people in poor health or charging consumers more because of a pre-existing condition. The law also limits what insurers can charge older customers, who are more prone to health problems.
States have three options as far as exchanges. They can build their own, they can run one in partnership with the federal government, or they can default to
So far, 16 states and
Opponents of Obama's health care law say there's too much federal micromanagement. But pragmatists say states are better off running their own exchanges because insurance regulation has traditionally been their bailiwick, and because it will allow them to run their
A recent AP poll found that Americans prefer that states have a strong hand in running the exchanges. Sixty-three percent said states should run the new markets, while 32 percent preferred federal control. Republicans heavily favored state control.
This is the second letter sent by Herbert to federal officials regarding his state's health insurance exchange. In November, Herbert wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary
Herbert slammed the
There are about 400,000 uninsured people in
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