Alaska won’t im­ple­ment fed­eral health over­haul

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Alaska Gov. Sean Par­nell said he will not ap­ply for fed­eral funds to im­ple­ment a state health in­surance ex­change be­cause a Florida judge ruled the health re­form law un­con­sti­tu­tional. In­stead, the state Divi­sion of In­surance is ex­plor­ing de­vel­op­ing a health in­surance ex­change with­out fed­eral dol­lars, in­clud­ing soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions and data that could be used to cre­ate an on­line clear­ing­house on health plan op­tions in Alaska, ac­cord­ing to the gov­er­nor’s of­fice. “The fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s ‘one size fits all’ health­care man­dates may have ended with the Florida court de­ci­sion, but we will con­tinue work­ing to re­shape our health­care sys­tem to fit the unique needs of Alaskans,” Par­nell said in a news re­lease. Par­nell also said the state Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Ser­vices will col­lab­o­rate with providers on chron­ic­care man­age­ment and pri­mary-care ac­cess, and work to im­prove telemedicine and elec­tronic health records. Un­der the fed­eral re­form law, states are re­quired to have health in­surance ex­changes op­er­a­tional by 2014, or the HHS will cre­ate them.

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