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Kentucky Governor to create health care exchange

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July 13, 2012

Steve Beshear

By Hannah Mead

Lexington, KENTUCKY: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced he will sign an executive order to create a health care exchange in Kentucky. This move will implement a main part of the federal Affordable Care Act.[1][2]

Kentucky is the 16th state with a plan to comply with the new law,[1] which was upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.[2] Under the Act, states have the option to create their own exchanges or fall back on a federal plan. Beshear says Kentucky "should run its own exchange."[1]

Some of the 16 states have passed the exchange through legislation, and others through executive order. Governor Beshear opted to implement it through executive order rather than seek passage through the Kentucky General Assembly.[1] The General Assembly is split, with a Republican majority in the Kentucky Senate and a Democratic majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

In some other states, Republican governors or legislatures are refusing to implement the health care exchange, as they oppose the Act.[2][1]

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