La. Tells HHS It Won’t Run Insurance Exchange

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has sent formal notification to federal officials that Louisiana won't create its own health insurance market as provided by the national health care overhaul.

Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein mailed the letter Wednesday, telling the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Louisiana will leave it to the federal government to run the state's health insurance exchange.

The exchanges, scheduled to launch in January 2014, will allow people and small businesses to shop for private coverage from a range of competing insurers.

Jindal has sought repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, calling it an inappropriate expansion of the federal government and a burdensome expense for the state and businesses. In his letter, Greenstein called the law “bad policy” and said it's unworkable.

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