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NYT: Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges
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Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

by Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times, June 25, 2015 (excerpts)

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their state’s role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game....

...In the first year of operation, three state exchanges — Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon — had technology failures so profound that they handed the bulk of their operations to the federal government. Other states managed to rebound from a troublesome first year by rebuilding their systems, but only with substantial effort and expense. Both Massachusetts and Maryland essentially started from scratch in 2015.

As my colleague Abby Goodnough reported this month, state struggles continue. The Hawaii exchange is collapsing, while Vermont’s looks shaky. Even some exchanges that have performed relatively well — including Washington and Minnesota — are experiencing substantial information technology problems. And the expense of managing an exchange is also climbing in many places as federal start-up funding diminishes. The Washington Post reported in May that nearly half of the states are suffering from financial difficulties.

“There is no new money now to build new infrastructure, and there are no grants available to fix these systems if they’re struggling,” said Heather Howard, the director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network at Princeton University, which was set up to advise states on exchange building. “So the only path forward may be to use”...

read ... The New York Times

CH: Future of State Exchanges Uncertain After King v. Burwell Ruling

June 5, 2015: Not Really Closing: Another $70M to be Wasted on New Hawaii Health Exchange Plan

June 8, 2015: FBI Investigating Oregon Obamacare Exchange, Hawaii Next?


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