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NAIC Forms New Group for States That Don’t Like ‘Obamacare’

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has formed a new working group comprised of state insurance commissioners in the many states that are not adhering to the formal state health care exchange implementation path outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
August 23, 2012

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has formed a new working group comprised of state insurance commissioners in the many states that, yielding to political gubernatorial pressure or for other reasons, are not adhering to the formal state health care exchange implementation path outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Many of the commissioners present come from states that have been hostile to many elements of PPACA and the statutory deadlines that are required if states want to control their health care exchanges.

The new group, the Health Care Reform Regulatory Alternatives (B) Working Group, vice-chaired by Wisconsin Commissioner Ted Nickel, addresses the concerns of the many states who are expected to have the federal government work with their state, or allow the federal government to fully create the PPACA-mandated health care exchanges.

Michael Consedine, Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner, stated that the group is “not a forum to throw grenades at ‘Obamacare.’” He noted that there is a need for the group, as more than half of the states have chosen a different route in dealing with PPACA.

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