Last Thursday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback refused to have his state to implement a health care exchange as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His office released the following statement:
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.
States have until Nov. 16 to inform the Federal Government of their intent of creating an exchange or leaving the creations and maintaining the exchanges by the federal government. Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia have stated they will create exchanges.
According to KWCH Eyewitness News out of Kansas, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger did prepare the application to start the process for Kansas, but Governor Brownback refused to sign it. Apparently, Gov. Brownback delayed his decision until last Tuesday presidential election results.
Since the election, six states have announced their intent on refusing setting up state exchanges. According to Governing Website, “Federal officials have said privately that they expect to be running up to 35 exchanges on Oct. 1, 2013, when they open.”
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