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Gov's plan on health insurance

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By Hal Rhodes

Just two days before the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of President Obama’s  health care law, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration in Santa Fe announced the creation of a task force charged with developing a state health insurance exchange.
One of the major features of that law, known as the Affordable Care Act, is that each state must institute health insurance exchanges by 2014 for the purpose of insuring a competitive insurance marketplace in the state, offering choices in health plans and assisting consumers in understanding the insurance options available to them.
   The goal is to provide small businesses and private individuals greater leverage and information in selecting affordable health insurance policies appropriate to their needs and employees.
Many states embraced the idea of insurance exchanges, both to increase their number of insured residents and as a way to control spiraling health care costs.
A number of other states, notably those with hard-line Republican governors bent on undoing the president’s health care measure, have refused even to consider health insurance exchange.


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