Mississippi health exchange decision expected in 15 days

JACKSON — State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney expects federal regulators will announce a decision on Mississippi’s health exchange within 10 to 15 days.

Chaney restated his support for the exchange Thursday before members of the Mississippi Economic Council, which was holding its Capital Day meeting in Jackson. In the front row of the audience was Gov. Phil Bryant, whose opposition led federal officials to question whether Mississippi’s proposal should go ahead.

Exchanges are online marketplaces where people can shop for insurance. Under the federal health law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, every state is required to have an exchange so people can get coverage starting in January 2014, much of it federally subsidized. States that don’t create their own will have one run by Washington.

AP
1/10/13