NC to establish Exchange with partnership from Federal Goverment

On Thursday, as the deadline arrived for states to submit grant applications for two of the three options available on the insurance-exchange program mandated by federal health-care reform, Gov. Bev Perdue said North Carolina will establish a state-federal partnership exchange.

Perdue, a Democrat, gave her OK to begin planning the state’s health-care exchange, one of the options required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office. The N.C. Department of Insurance and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will collaborate on planning the exchange.

Perdue says her decision gives North Carolina input and a degree of control over health-care decisions and provides greater flexibility for the incoming administration.

She says she notified Gov.-elect Pat McCrory of her decision. News 14 reports some detractors think the determination should have been by McCrory’s team.

Meanwhile, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday the Palmetto State will not set up a state-based health care exchange.

Haley, a Republican, has urged federal officials to provide states with more guidance on how state-based, partnership and federally facilitated exchanges will work or to delay the implementation deadline, according to the statement from her office.

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