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The Politics of State Insurance Exchanges (Heather Howard presentation)

Panel: The politics of state insurance exchanges;(Health Journalism 2012)

Speaker: Heather Howard, director, State Health Reform Assistance Network; CHW affiliate, Center for Health & Wellbeing, Princeton University

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Panel description: Setting up a state insurance exchange is a complicated endeavor – made more complicated by the bitter politics of health reform and the uncertainty over the Supreme Court ruling. Some states, like Maryland, are proceeding with enthusiasm. Others are fighting the health law in court – but quietly doing some of the ground work for an exchange anyway. And a few states say they just aren’t going to set one up – meaning the federal government is supposed to be ready to step in with a back-up exchange plan.