Missouri Voters to Weigh In On Health Insurance Exchange

Voters will decide next month who has the authority to create a state-based health insurance exchange in Missouri — but that vote may have little impact on how the state moves forward in implementing provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act.The health insurance exchange — one of the key provisions of the much-debated federal health care law — is intended to offer consumers a web-based, one-stop marketplace for purchasing private health insurance plans. Advocates have compared it to the services that Travelocity.com and Expedia.com offer travelers.

The federal government will create exchanges for states that don’t create their own.
The state also faces a Nov. 16 deadline for submitting its plan to the federal government, making the task of creating a state-based proposal even more dubious just 10 days after the vote.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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