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Federal gov't to create health exchange in Kansas

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November 08, 2012|By Chris Durden | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(TOPEKA, Kan.) — The federal government will create a health insurance exchange in Kansas after Governor Sam Brownback refuses to support the state creating its own.

The governor's office released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“Kansans feel Obamacare is an overreach by Washington and have rejected the state’s participation in this federal program. My administration will not partner with the federal government to create a state-federal partnership insurance exchange because we will not benefit from it and implementing it could costs Kansas taxpayers millions of dollars.

“Any other elected official who supports implementation of a federal-state partnership exchange should pursue legislation in the 2013 legislative session where lawmakers can debate and vote on the proposal.”

States have until Nov. 16 to inform the federal government if they plan to create their own health insurance exchanges, partner with the federal government or have their exchanges run by federal agencies.
   
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office had prepared a partnership application and sought grant money to implement the exchange. Gov. Brownback delayed the final decision on implementing the health care law until after Tuesday's presidential election.

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With President Barack Obama winning re-election and the United States Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare earlier this year, opponents and supporters admit chances of repealing the law are doubtful.

On Thursday, Virginia's Republican governor decided to let the federal government setup that state's exchange as well.

So far, about 15 states and the District of Columbia have created a framework for exchanges. The other states have either said no or have yet to decide.

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