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Bill for State-Run Health Exchange Planned

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SANTA FE – 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. 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.

Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Mimi Stewart, both Albuquerque Democrats, are sponsoring a measure that would give the Legislature the ability to appoint some of the members of the alliance’s governing board along with the governor.
— This article appeared on page A4 of the Albuquerque Journal

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