Media release from the Governor’s office:
Governors ask for adjustments to state-run healthcare exchanges
(INDIANAPOLIS, February 7, 2011) – Governor Mitch Daniels is one of 21 Republican governors who sent a letter today to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to make six changes to rules about state-run health care exchanges or risk the federal government taking full responsibility for running a national exchange.
Daniels also wrote an opinion editorial on the same topic that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal.
In the letter, the governors said “We wish states had been given more opportunity to provide input when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was being drafted. We believe in its current form the law will force our health care system down a path sure to lead to higher costs and the disruption or discontinuation of millions of Americans’ insurance plans.”
The governors have asked for changes such as granting states authority to choose benefits that meet the needs of their citizens and waiving provisions that discriminate against consumer-driven health plans, such as health savings accounts.
Here are links to the letter and the governor’s op-ed: