A Mississippi State-run Health Insurance Exchange favored by the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, but opposed by the Mississippi Governor, has been disallowed by the Department of Health and Human Services on account of the Governor's opposition to it. "The alternatives [that are left] are for the federal government to run an exchange for Mississippi or to run one jointly with the state." Abby Goodnough, "Mississippi: State Health Exchange Is Disallowed" p. A12, col. 5 (New York Times Nat'l ed., "National Briefing," Saturday, February 9, 2013).
In Florida, "Gov. Rick Scott and Florida legislators, who opposed the new health-care law, never used a $1 million federal planning grant provided in 2010 to implement [a State-run Health Insurance Exchange]." The only option now for a Florida Health Insurance Exchange is for the Federal Government to plan it and run it. See William E. Gibson, "Feds Prep for Huge Insurance Sign-Up in State" p. A1, col. 1 (Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, February 10, 2013).
The American Bar Association recently published "Elder Law Part II / Hope, Change, and Health Care," 22 Experience magazine (2013). I mention this useful resource not just because I wrote an article in it addressing the question, "What Are Health Insurance Exchanges? A First Look," on page 35, but also because it contains other timely and informative articles which address "The Affordable Care Act After the Supreme Court's Ruling: An Overview" (p. 10); Medicare Changes (p. 19); and "Medicare Enrollment Strategy for Those Actively Employed Beyond Age 65" (p. 26), among many other profound issues deeply affecting day-to-day life and arising as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Give it a look for yourself, and for your clients.
And here’s the link: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/senior_lawyers_periodicals.html
Now, theoretically, only Senior Lawyer's Division (SLD) members of the American Bar Association can access this online. SLD members will be able to access it from here for sure. Nonmembers will be directed there and may choose to join—or the magazine may be accessible. Give it a try.
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