Virginia Could Miss Deadline For Health Care Exchanges | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Could Miss Deadline For Health Care Exchanges

Play associated audio

New rules from the Department of Health and Human Services are designed to help states set standards for establishing health-care exchanges as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Heath Care Act. By the beginning of 2014, all states will be required to operate health care exchanges.

"It's [exchanges] kind of like a Travelocity for health insurance," says Brian Chiglinsky, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. "Where you can put some basic information in, get some basic information about yourself and pull up affordable options for health insurance."

Chignlinksy says new federal policies announced this week are intended to give states additional flexibility in how they create the state-based health exchanges, a legal requirement under the Affordable Health Care Act.

"We're obviously under the statutory deadline of Jan. 1, 2014 to have state-based exchanges operating in every state," he says. "And we are going to meet that, whether it's a federal or state-based exchange."

To meet that goal, the federal government has set up a series of deadlines for states. The first one is Jan. 1, 2013, when all states will be legally required to have a certification plan for how they plan to create health care exchanges.

But Del. Patrick Hope says Virginia is on track to miss that deadline.

"Unless the Governor calls a special session, outside of the special session that we are currently in, then we are going to miss the deadline," Hope says.

If Virginia fails to create a health care exchange, the federal government will step in and create one.

"We need to decide, do we want Washington, D.C. to operate the exchange, or do we want to operate it out of Richmond," he says.

Opponents of the Affordable Health Care Act say they would prefer to wait and see how the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the legislation.

NPR

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
NPR

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
WAMU 88.5

Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.
NPR

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS

A recent fundraising challenge has gone viral on social media, calling attention to research into Lou Gehrig's disease. Forbes contributor Dan Diamond discusses the state of that research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.