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Ohio Won’t Create Its Own Health Insurance Exchange

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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Ohio won’t be creating its own health insurance exchange. In a letter to the feds on Friday November 16th, Governor Kasich said the state will leave it to the federal government to implement the new online insurance market. Reporter Anne Glausser has more.

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, requires each state to have an exchange up and running by next October. States can create their own, let the feds do everything, or have a state-federal partnership.

Ohio is opting to partner in operations with the federal government. 

Rob Nichols is the Governor’s spokesman.

NICHOLS:  The federal government will be in charge of setting up the exchange in Ohio but we retain control of both Medicaid eligibility as well as regulatory aspect of it.

Nichols cited the lack of flexibility and high cost as reasons for letting the federal government handle the exchange.

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