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Haslam on Health Care Exchange Delay: It’s Obama’s Fault

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that a lack of information from the White House is delaying a decision about whether the state should run its own health insurance exchange under the new federal health care law.
Haslam told reporters that President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to address a series of questions about the health insurance marketplaces raised by Republican governors, including whether states would be able to create wellness-based incentives to encourage healthy behavior.
“I think that’s a key to healthcare in the country, people taking more responsibility,” he said.
Other unresolved questions include whether family members participating in different plans will be covered by the same provider; how the state will be able to avoid being double-charged when seniors transition to Medicare; and if the state will be able to access information stored in the federal database.
“You literally have us saying we want to come sit down and talk about this to ask some of our questions, and get answers,” Haslam said. “And their response coming back has been ‘there’s no need in doing that.’ And I don’t find that an appropriate response.”

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