Kentucky Strategy Will Test Need For State-Run Obamacare Exchanges

(By – Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News)

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state’s successful health insurance exchange, Kynect, and shift consumers to the federal one would likely have little impact on consumers, health experts say.

“The federal exchange is a perfectly viable alternative,” said Jon Kingsdale, a Boston health care consultant who formerly led the state agency that started Massachusetts’ exchange in 2006, the model for the federal health law. Consumers on the federal exchange would still be able to shop and enroll in private plans and apply for federal subsidies to lower their costs. Read more…

 

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