Maryland & Virginia’s Health Secretaries participated in a panel discussion Friday on a key component of the health care law – insurance exchanges. They say regardless of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling, both Maryland and Virginia have implementation plans in place. Under the Affordable Care Act, by 2014, if your company does not offer a health care plan, you can purchase one through your state’s insurance exchange.
The Act requires that individual states have the responsibility to set up these exchanges.
If they are unable to, the federal government can step in to run them either completely or in partnership with the state.
Also speaking: Daniel Durham, Executive Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs for America's Health Insurance Plans, an interest group representing the largest Insurers; and Ron Pollack, the Founding Executive Director of Families USA, which supports the health care law.