U.S. State Officials In Stealth Mode On Health Exchanges

Anna Yukhananov | Healthcare Insurance News | September 21, 2012

Mississippi insurance commissioner Mike Chaney is in a tight spot. By law, he is required to implement Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. But as a Republican from deeply conservative Mississippi - one of 26 states that sued Washington over Obama's Affordable Care Act - Chaney is a target of critics who say he is betraying his party.

Chaney and health officials in as many as 24 Republican-controlled states are working behind the scenes to set up insurance exchanges that provide a market for individuals and small businesses to shop for affordable health coverage. The states face a November 16 deadline to show they can do it, or the federal government steps in and takes on the job itself.