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W.Va. lawmakers taking closer look at exchange

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 08:13 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are hoping to ask questions about the state’s plans for a health insurance exchange.

Tomblin administration officials told legislators on Monday that they plan to seek a partnership with the federal government for an exchange. The federal health care overhaul calls for an exchange in each state to help individuals and small businesses buy insurance by combining their purchasing power.

State Insurance Commission officials are scheduled to appear Tuesday to field questions from a House-Senate oversight committee about this exchange option.

At least six other states are going with a partnership. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., have chosen to run their own exchanges. But 18 states have rejected both those options, and will leave it to the federal government to operate their exchanges for them.



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