Debate Over Nebraska Health Insurance Plan Begins

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The road to Nebraska creating its own health insurance exchange is likely to be a long one.

Lawmakers on Tuesday began discussion on two bills that would
form the Nebraska Health Benefit Exchange Act. It's a plan that
would be an alternative to the federal health insurance plan now
being scrutinized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bills were introduced to meet the requirements of the
federal Affordable Care Act, which calls for states to have an
operating exchange by 2014.

If a state doesn't have a plan in place, the federal Health and
Human Services Department has the authority to create and operate a
health benefit exchange.

Supporters say Nebraska needs to act now to avoid federal
control. Opponents say the state should wait for the Supreme Court
decision.


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