|DAVE GRAM, Associated Press|
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"We are concerned this requirement will result in reduced consumer choice and higher costs for many businesses and individuals," the letter said.
"We are also concerned that the requirement conflicts with the text of (the ACA) that requires participation in the Exchange to be voluntary," it continued.
The letter referred to a section of the law saying "nothing in this (law) shall be construed to prohibit" health insurance companies from selling plans outside the exchange, or individuals and businesses from buying them.
State officials pointed to the next paragraph in the same section of the ACA to make the case that while the federal government promises in the law not to bar health insurance outside the exchange, states are free to take that step within their own borders.
It says, "Nothing in this title shall be construed to terminate, abridge or limit the operation of any requirement under state law with respect to any policy or plan that is offered outside of the Exchange to offer benefits."
Robin Lunge, director of health reform for the administration of Gov.
The dust-up pits a Republican majority in the
Critics of the
"The act very clearly prohibits compulsory participation in the exchange," said NFIB State Director
Vermont Health Connect is being set up to allow most consumers to go on line and comparison-shop between health insurance companies' offerings, which Fisher said would allow health insurers to compete in a transparent marketplace with well-informed consumers.
He said the state is trying to build "one of the best places for a shopping experience and comparisons between insurance carriers."
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