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"I want to share with Nebraskans that I have listened to all sides of this issue," said
Whether a state runs a health exchange, or that is done by the federal government, all citizens will have the option to purchase insurance policies through an exchange. A state decision either way does not affect that access.
The Governor appreciates the input he received from a variety of perspectives throughout the course of the several years since the federal health care law was enacted in
Fiscal analysis of budget impacts done by the
The analysis encompasses costs associated with building, managing and maintaining a state-based exchange. These costs include, but are not limited to: website development, call center operations, an insurance premium billing system, staffing, equipment, supplies, office space, and the technology costs related to each of these functions. In addition, these costs include expenses necessary for the exchange to interface with the
"The reality is that the federal health care law is being totally dictated and totally controlled by the federal government," the Governor added. "On the key issues, there is no real operational difference between a federal exchange and a state exchange. A state exchange is nothing more than the state administering the Affordable Care Act with all of the important and critical decisions made by the federal government."
The Affordable Care Act calls for the creation of health insurance exchanges, state-run or federal-run markets where households and small businesses can shop for private coverage. Governors have a
Oct. 1, 2013. Any exchange is expected to be fully operational on
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