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Michigan can’t agree if or how to proceed with a health insurance exchange.
Gov. Rick Synder is on record as supporting a state-run exchange. The Michigan attorney general joined 25 other states in challenging the Affordable Care Act, which authorizes the insurance exchanges – also known as health insurance marketplaces. The state Senate authorized an exchange in November 2011, but the House refused.
A conservative group, Americans For Prosperity-Michigan, is fighting against the exchange while the Michigan Business and Professional Association is in favor of a state-run exchange.
Throughout the summer, Synder asked legislators to work with him on the exchange. After the Supreme Court ruling in late June, Synder said a state-run exchange allows the state to “make decisions regarding what will be covered as opposed to Washington, D.C., making those decisions for us.” Synder hoped the House would approve an exchange in July. Instead, House Speaker Jase Bolger announced hearings would be held and a vote likely delayed until after the November elections.
Facing a Nov. 16 deadline to submit an exchange blueprint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Synder announced in August that the state will operate its exchange in partnership with the federal government.
On Oct. 5, Gov. Synder announced that the Priority Health HMO plan will be the state’s benchmark plan. The benchmark plan is an existing health plan used as a model in defining essential health benefits, which must be offered by all plans sold through the exchange.
Updated Oct. 5, 2012
State Exchange Profile: Michigan
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation overview of Michigan’s progress toward creating a state health insurance exchange.
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Let your Michigan governor and legislators know how you feel about the state's proposed health insurance exchange.Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
02/28/2013 7:02 PM -- wsbt.com — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to begin using a $31 million federal grant to establish a health insurance exchange. The exchange will be jointly operated by the state and federal governments. The state Senate is expected to vote on the bill in early March.
11/29/2012 11:11 PM -- Crain’s Detroit Business — A House committee failed to advance a bill for a state-run exchange. Gov. Rick Snyder supports a state-run exchange, but has announced the state will settle for a state-federal partnership.
10/05/2012 6:10 PM -- mlive — Gov. Rick Synder an HMO plan as its model for for the benefits that will be covered by all plans offered on the state exchange.
09/06/2012 4:09 PM -- Crain’s Detroit Business — Michigan Business and Professional Association, which represents more than 20,000 small business members, prefers a state-run exchange rather than the planned state-federal partnership. Michigan was awarded a $9.8 million federal Exchange Establishment Grant, but the state legislature has not approved use of the funds.
08/24/2012 9:08 PM -- Crain’s Detroit Business — With House Republicans refusing to authorize a state-run exchange and a Nov. 16 deadline to submit an exchange blueprint to the Department of Health & Human Services, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the state will operate an exchange with help from the federal government.
07/21/2012 5:07 AM -- mlive.com — Representatives from the Michigan Association of Health Plans, Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan testified at a House panel hearing on establishing a health insurance exchange. Most industry representatives favor a state-run exchange over federal involvement.
06/29/2012 5:06 AM -- petoskeynews.com — With the Supreme Court upholding most parts of the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Synder asked legislators to cooperate in designing a health insurance exchange. Synder wants to minimize the federal government’s involvement by building a state-run exchange.
03/23/2012 7:03 PM -- Associated Press–Michigan’s Republican legislators want to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on an insurance mandate before starting a state health insurance exchange. But Michigan’s governor and other elected leaders worry the state is running out of precious time.
11/21/2011 3:11 PM -- Crain’s Detroit Business – On Nov. 10, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would create a statewide health insurance exchange, but that may be as far as the legislation moves in 2011.