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October 23, 2014

States Struggle to Implement Health Care Reform

The drumbeat of health experts seeing states struggle to implement President Obama’s health care reform law continues, as Kaiser Health News interviews Michigan Medicaid Director Steven Fitton. Michigan has not made significant movement towards forming a state-based health insurance exchange.

When asked about his state’s implementation timeline if the Supreme Court upholds the law later this month, Fitton responded, “I think it will be a struggle.  Certainly, if the law is upheld, I think there’s enough interest in the state to have it be as state-centric as possible.  And so I think we’ll kick it into high gear, and those who are much more familiar with the specifics will have to make some decisions about whether we can actually achieve the milestones and do the preparations to have a state-only exchange, or whether we would have to engage in a federal partnership model in some way.”

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