Posted at 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 23
The Wall Street Journal looks at how Americans will experience President Obama’s health care reform law differently depending on where they live.
“Every state, whether it supports the law or not, will have a health-insurance exchange where people will shop for coverage… But some states are running their own exchanges, while others are letting the federal government handle that task. Some are pushing ahead with the…expansion of Medicaid… Others aren’t extending local eligibility rules for Medicaid. Some are giving generous funds to ‘navigators’ who are supposed to help people sign up. Elsewhere, navigators face restrictions.”
“The price of insurance policies available on the exchanges varies by area… Some states have long had tight restrictions on the kind of policies that can be sold to individuals and small businesses, resulting in relatively higher prices. People in those states aren’t likely to see big premium jumps. In states that left insurers with a freer hand, some people face greater price increases.”