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Some States Take a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach on Exchanges

Although some observers believe the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings indicate that the federal healthcare law has a good chance of being overturned, some states continue to move forward with implementation
April 3, 2012

Although some observers believe the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings indicate that the federal healthcare law has a good chance of being overturned, some states continue to move forward with implementation. Nebraska Insurance Commissioner Bruce Ramge says, “Nebraska’s position remains consistent. The best course of action is to plan and design, because it would be premature to make a final decision on a health insurance exchange until the Supreme Court issues an opinion.” Other states are continuing their wait-and-see approach, with Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak saying that the state will retain its “holding pattern” until the ruling is issued. Ohio Lt. Gov. and Insurance Director Mary Taylor says that the state also is waiting for more guidance from the federal government regarding the health insurance exchanges. Taylor says, “Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules, we’re looking for a solution that works for Ohio.”

Read the entire article on what states are doing to set up health exchanges: States Stick to Health Law Strategies (Politico 3/29/12)

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