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Democrats plan bill for state-run health exchange

January 21, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A potential clash looms between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over the administration’s plan to implement a state-run health insurance exchange.

At issue is whether state law must be changed for the exchange, which is envisioned as an online shopping center for the uninsured to buy health coverage with benefits tailored to New Mexico.

Under federal law, the exchange must be ready to enroll people starting in October and be fully operating by next January.

The administration contends no legislation is needed to create the exchange. It’s moving to have the exchange operated by the New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance, a nonprofit public corporation established in 1994 to provide access to insurance for small businesses and some individuals.

Democratic lawmakers plan legislation for implementing an exchange. The proposal will revamp the alliance’s governing board to add more consumer Login to read more

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