Some states reluctant
Little known on federal exchange plans
It is increasingly likely that the federal government will need to create insurance exchanges in states that can’t or won’t by a 2014 deadline. HHS, though, is mum on what it will look like and how development is progressing. The latest blow to the hope of federal officials that all states would develop their own versions of the health insurance marketplaces came Jan. 18 when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced he was turning down a federal grant previously awarded to help the state build an exchange.
The Republican governor said the move was part of an effort to stop implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the state based on concerns about its economic impacts.
“When job creators and Wisconsin families are facing difficult times, it
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told HHS he doesn’t want a grant to help set up an insurance exchange for his state.