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By Carla Anderson
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also directs the state’s insurance department, announced in July that Ohio will not implement a health insurance exchange. That means the federal government will operate the exchange in the state. Gov. John Kasich had previously said Ohio would run its own exchange rather than an “Obama exchange.” Taylor says the administration changed its mind due to cost: $30 to $40 million annually for a state-run exchange versus less than $2 million for a federally operated exchange. State health reform proponents have challenged those estimates, saying Taylor is presenting the worst-case scenario and ignoring caveats included by Milliman, one of two consultants on whose analysis the estimate is based.
Both the governor and lieutenant governor are well-known for their opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a majority of Ohio voters are opposed to the law’s individual mandate. In November 2011, nearly 66% of voters voted for the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, which says no person, employer or provider can be compelled to participate in a healthcare system. However, given the Supreme Court ruling in June 2012, the passage of the amendment has little effect.
Updated Sept. 21, 2012
State Exchange Profile: Ohio
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12/05/2012 10:12 PM -- Associated Press — Navigators, who will educate consumers about buying health insurance through an exchange, would have to pass criminal background checks and would not be allowed to sell insurance under a bill passed by the House. Ohio will partner with the federal government to operate its exchange.
07/11/2012 10:07 PM -- Dayton Business Journal – Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said Tuesday the state does not plan to set up the exchange she says would cost Ohio between $30 million and $40 million each year to operate. ”At this point, we are not going to set up a state-based exchange,” The Blade quoted Taylor as saying while speaking to a [...]
03/13/2012 7:03 PM -- Columbus Business First–Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage, a group of advocates using every tool in their belt to get a health insurance exchange in Ohio, has released a report questioning the numbers behind a report supported by Ohio’s insurance commissioner–who is opposed to starting an exchange–that says starting an exchange is too expensive.
07/26/2011 5:07 PM -- Cleveland Plain Dealer – Ohio voters will consider constitutional amendment to block implementation of the federal health reform law on Ohio on Nov. 8.