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Nebraska opts for federal health exchange
It looks like the state of Nebraska will be participating in the Federal Health Exchange.
It's a change of heart of Gov. Heineman who initially said the state would run its own exchange. The reason? The cost.
When it comes to the burden on tax payers it's a $470 million difference.
Heineman submitted Nebraska's affirmative election to participate in the federal health insurance exchange.
"As Governor, my focus is on implementing the federal health care law in the most efficient and cost effective manner for Nebraskans and their families," said Heineman.
Whether a state runs a health exchange, or it's done by the federal government, all citizens will have the option to purchase insurance policies through an exchange. A state decision either way does not affect that access.
Open enrollment is scheduled to begin for health exchange plans October 1st, 2013.
Any exchange is expected to be fully operational on January 1st, 2014.
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