Minnesota Plans For Exchange, Even Without New Law

Minnesota lawmakers are grappling with a new question: How close can they get to setting up a health insurance exchange without passing a new state law?

The state, which has a Democrat in the governor’s mansion and Republicans in control of both houses of the legislature, saw exchange legislation fail in the last session. And prospects for a law’s passage are not much better in the current session.

The exchanges are online marketplaces, established by the federal health law, that will allow consumers and small businesses in a given state to buy health insurance based on detailed comparisons of competing plans.

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Sources: Minnesota Public Radio; NPR; Kaiser Health News