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Oklahoma To Develop Exchange Not ‘Associated With President’s Health Care Plan’

The Department of Health and Human Services has gone out of its way to entice states to build their own health insurance exchanges. But it seems that no matter how much flexibility they extend, some states are still not interested. Here’s Oklahoma: “We’ll continue to develop a privately funded or state-funded health information network … that is not going to be associated with the president’s health care plan or federally run exchange,” said Alex Weintz, Fallin’s communications director. “It will be a different system entirely.” The state has accepted the government’s planning grant, and if its “private” exchange does not meet the requirements set in the law, it may still face a federal intervention.

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